|Date||Lecture||Gruber and required readings||Additional Material||Tutorial (R2-3, UC244)|
Problem set on taxation
Tutorial on mathematical methods (background, not required)
|September 19||Tax avoidance and excess burden||Chap. 2
*Feldstein (JPE, 1995)
|Tutorial on writing term papers|
|September 26||Tax incidence||
||Poterba, 1989, "Lifetime incidence and the distribution of tax burdens"|
|October 3||Taxation and income distribution I||
Chap. 17, 18|
*Saez and Veall, 2005, "The Evolution of High Incomes in Northern America: Lessons from Canadian Evidence"
|October 10||Taxation and income distribution II||
Chap. 17, 18|
P. Diamond and E. Saez, 2011, "The case for a progressive tax: From basic research to policy recommendations".
|Take up PS1|
|October 17||Student presentations I||
Notes on presentations:
You should speak for no more than FIVE minutes. There will be time for comments from the class after each presentation. You should briefly summarize the main point in the article you wrote about, plus your reaction to it. You should try to create opportunities for others to respond to what you say -- extra points will be awarded to those who engage with the class. Be provocative!
Sample midterm #1
Sample midterm #2
|October 24||Midterm exam|
Chap. 5. and 6.1-6.2
*Parry and Small, 2005,"Does Britain or the United States Have the Right Gasoline Tax?", AER.
*Gilbert E. Metcalf, "Market-Based Policy Options to Control U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions," JEP, 2009.
Mintz and Olewiler, 2008, "A Simple Approach for Bettering the Environment and the Economy: Restructuring the Federal Fuel Excise Tax"
Schmalensee, Richard, and Robert N. Stavins. 2013. "The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(1): 103-22.
Problem set #2
||Take up midterm|
|November 7||Fall break|
|November 14||Public goods||Chap. 7
*D. C. Mueller, 2003, "The size of government," Public Choice III, chap 21.
|November 28||Public choice||Chap. 8
*C. Mulligan et al., "Do democracies have different public policies than non-democracies?" JEP, 2004.
Problem set #3
Sample final exam
|Take up PS3|
|December 5||Student presentations II||For guidance on presentations, see above. Each speaker has 4 minutes, followed by 2 minutes for discussion.||Exam prep|