This course introduces students to an intermediate level of microeconomic analysis with special application to public policy. We study competitive markets, imperfect competition, game theory, asymmetric information, externalities, and public goods. We also discuss the role of the government in fixing market failures. There will be applications to public policy issues including: tax avoidance, child labor markets, immunization in Africa, tax equity, Social Security Disability Insurance, IMFlending policies, etc.
This course introduces students to recent research and policies that are relevant to developing and transition economies. It addresses macroeconomic and microeconomic topics from development economics and uses a wide range of policy applications from construction of dams in India and infrastructure in China to anti-poverty policies in Argentina and informal lending in Ethiopia.