Finance and Fiscal Policy
Fall 2014 quarter
There is theory and practice in government finance. A few words about practice: All getting and spending decisions are determined in a political context and may have little or no connection to what theory might suggest. Why then spend time on theory? It is important to be able to articulate the case for or against a public sector role. It is a good idea if at least one person in the room where decisions are made can anticipate the outcomes of a decision and might have some thoughts about how to accomplish a desired end more efficiently or more equitably. Advocates, perhaps not in the room where decisions are made, need a basis to assess getting and spending proposals, and theory is a foundation of assessment. Theory too is at the basis of regulatory frameworks. This course will include lectures, speakers, cases and readings. Students will complete a subsequent project where they will examine a program or revenue source, implemented or proposed.
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Evening
Advertised schedule: 6-10p Tues