Public Economics: A Free Online Course from Harvard

Course descrip­tion: This is the first of two cours­es in the grad­u­ate pub­lic eco­nom­ics sequence at Har­vard. This one-semes­ter course cov­ers basic issues in the opti­mal design of tax and social insur­ance poli­cies, with empha­sis on com­bin­ing the­o­ret­i­cal mod­els with empir­i­cal evi­dence. Top­ics include effi­cien­cy costs and inci­dence of tax­a­tion, income tax­a­tion, trans­fer and wel­fare pro­grams, pub­lic goods and exter­nal­i­ties, opti­mal social insur­ance (exclud­ing social secu­ri­ty), and wel­fare analy­sis in behav­ioral mod­els.

It was taught by Raj Chet­ty when he was at Har­vard. He now teach­es at Stan­ford.

Pub­lic Eco­nom­ics (avail­able above or via this playlist on YouTube) will be added to our col­lec­tion of Free Eco­nom­ics Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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