14.471 Public Economics I

Fall 2003

US Treasury Building and Internal Revenue Tax Form.
Image: US Treasury Building and Internal Revenue Tax Form. (Courtesy of William Thorpe.  Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive bibliography of recommended readings. In addition, all of the problem sets may be downloaded.

Course Description

This course is a one-semester introduction to the economic analysis of taxation. It covers both theoretical contributions, such as the theory of optimal income and commodity taxation, as well as empirical work, such as the study of how taxes affect labor supply. The course is designed to acquaint students with key questions in the economics of taxation, and to equip them to carry out their own research in this field.
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Prof. James Poterba

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session