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Public Economics

ECON 410 - Spring 2018

Course Syllabus

Topic
Slides
Readings
1 Introduction Slides How to Read an Article
What Role for Government?
2 Externalities and Bargaining Coase (1960)
3 Property Rights Demsetz (1967)
4 Public Goods and Collective Action I Slides Olson (1982: Ch.2)
5 Public Goods and Collective Action II Slides Ostrom and Ostrom (1999)
6 Efficiency and Justice Slides Justice Harvard Videos 5, 14
7 Constitutional Political Economy I Slides Madison (1778); Plunkitt (Chs. 1-3); Machiavelli (Chs. XV-IX)
8 Constitutional Political Economy II Slides Buchanan and Tullock (1962: Chs. 3, 5, 6)
The Economics of Liberal Democracy
9 Voting I: Social Choice Theory Slides Holcombe (2016: Chs. 2, 3, 5)
Midterm Exam
10 Voting II: Ignorance and Irrationality Slides Somin (2004); Caplan (2007)
11 Interest Groups I Slides Tullock (1967); Mitchell (2012)
12 Interest Groups II Slides Stigler (1971); Yandle (1983)
13 Bureaucracy Slides Niskanen (2001); Mises (1949, Ch. XV.10)
14 Politicians and Legislators I Slides Acemoglu (2003, sections 1, 6); Holcombe (2016, Chs. 8, 10, 11)
15 Politicians and Legislators II Martin and Thomas (2013); Safner (2013)
16 Politicians and Legislators III: Reform Rauch (2015)
17 Federalism I Slides Weingast (1995)
18 Federalism II: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Slides Hirschman (1971, Chs. 1, 2, 3)
Current Issues in Political Economy
19 The Sharing Economy Munger, Tomorrow 3.0 Video
20 Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Econtalk: Munger on the BIG
21 Will Blockchain Disrupt Governance? Slides Medium: How does Blockchain Work (I, II)
22 Net Neutrality Slides Faulhaber (2013)
Other Forms of Non-Market Decision-making
23 Autocracy I Slides Olson (1994); Econtalk: Bueno de Mesquita on the Political Economy of Power
24 Autocracy II: Coups and Revolutions Slides Tullock (1971); Kuran (1989)
25 Law I: Law Without the State Slides Benson (1989); Priest (1977)
26 Law II: Superstition Slides Leeson (2011;2012)
27 Law III: Crime Slides Friedman (1995)
28 Religion Slides Iannaccone (1992); Leeson and Russ (forthcoming)
Final Exam


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