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Daniel F. Jacoby
BPOLST 501
Bothell Campus

Public Finance and Budgeting

Analysis of government expenditures and revenues. Uses economic theory to examine key pubic policies in areas such as health, education, and labor. Emphasizes policy rationales and impacts regarding efficiency and equity. Develops accounting concepts necessary for budgeting analysis. Prerequisite: Microeconomics. Offered: Sp.

Class description

In this course we'll look at public budgeting issues at the national, state and local levels.

You'll learn the fundamentals of public choice theory. But you'll also learn the rudiments of accounting and their relationship to economic theory and use and misuse in decision making.

Student learning goals

Understand the significance of efficiency in using public resources, and the difficulty in measuring movements towards that the efficiency criteria.

To see how economic concepts contribute to defining public policy.

To comprehend that concerns with social justice are not always recocilable with the pursuit of efficiency and to recognize the importance of that fact.

To gain experience in a budgeting context that helps inform you of the benefits and costs of public choice theory.

To provide oral and written recommendations to community partners.

To learn to do some spreadsheet projections of long term budetary impacts.

General method of instruction

Although the course utilizes case studies and may involve work with a community partner, there will be at least one test.

Recommended preparation

BPOLST 500 and Microeconomics.

Class assignments and grading

We'll use Gruber's Public Finance and Public Policy. We'll also use the Economic Report of the President.

Exams, case studies writeups, discussions and spreadsheet analysis


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel F. Jacoby
Date: 07/23/2013