14.471 Public Economics I

Fall 2007

Photograph of a sign advertising income tax preparation.
Income taxes prepared here. (Image courtesy of suttonhoo on Flickr.)

Course Description

Theory and evidence on government taxation policy. Topics include tax incidence, optimal tax theory, the effect of taxation on labor supply and savings, taxation and corporate behavior, and tax expenditure policy.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m and .xls.

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. James Poterba
Prof. Ivan Werning

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Recitations:
1 session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate

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