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The extent of government intervention in markets and business is the subject of many policy debates. This is a course in public economics; it will examine the role of government in a market economy. We will look at possible reasons for market failure, the justification for government intervention, and the effects of various government policies in particular sectors of the economy. The course will equip students with the necessary knowledge to be active participants in economic policy debates.

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Term 2



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