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Christine Wong
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

Transition from Communism: the role of government and public finance

The transition from a planned to a market economy requires the withdrawal of government from many spheres of production and a shift from the use of direct allocation mechanism to the use of prices and taxes and other indirect levers of economic management. Because the process requires dismantling similar control levers and installing similar new institutions in these countries, the problems encountered are also broadly similar. Financing government has emerged as a central problem in almost all transition economies. This course looks at the broad range of experiences and identifies the problems they face in transforming their systems of taxation, from tax policy, tax administration, to issues of decentralization.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students should have some familiarity with transition economies and/or developing countries.

Class assignments and grading

This is a writing course. Grades will be based on the following 1. a class presentation (based on the course paper) 20% 2. a course paper (10 pages) 30% 3. a final exam 50%


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 03/09/2001