Fall 2018  |  PA 5022 Section 001: Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis -- Issues and Controversies in Tax Policy (34018)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits (3 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
09/04/2018 - 10/22/2018
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Open (10 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Application of economic reasoning to a wide range of contemporary public policy issues. The following topically-focused courses also fulfill the MPP economics requirement: PA 5431: Public Policies on Work and Pay, PA 5503: Economics of Development, PA 5521: Development Planning and Policy Analysis, PA 5722: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course introduces students to analytical issues in policy. The main focus will be on issues in U.S. federal taxation, but state and local tax policy topics will also be included. There will be two required fairly-inexpensive paperback books: (1) Taxing Ourselves, 2017 edition, MIT Press, by Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija. (2) Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2012 Oxford University Press, by Leonard Burman and Joel Slemrod.
Who Should Take This Class?:
The course counts toward the economics core requirement for the MPP program. MPP students and others interested in tax policy should take the course.
There will be weekly summaries or executive briefs based on the required readings, two quizzes, several homework assignments and a short paper and presentation on a tax topic of the student's choosing.
Exam Format:
The two in-class quizzes and homework assignments will include a variety of question types such as short answer, graphical and algebraic problems.
Class Format:
This is a 7 week class worth 1.5 credits. A prior course in microeconomics is required.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2019.doc (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 April 2017

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