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Economics of the Public Sector (6404.5)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179619) - View
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    The objective of this unit is to examine the role of the public sector in the economy, in particular, the economic theories that attempt to explain government fiscal activities with emphasis on their application to the Australian environment.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the structure and growth of public expenditures in Australia;

    2. Compare and evaluate the explanations for government interventions in markets;

    3. Describe how the level of government expenditures is determined;

    4. Explain the different types of taxes that exists in Australia and discuss these taxes based on efficiency and equity;

    5. Describe the fiscal and financial relationship between the different levels of government and the measures undertaken to rectify fiscal imbalances in the Australian Federation.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Normally thirty nine hours per semester.


    6355 Introduction to Economics OR 9518 Foundations of Microeconomics

    Incompatible Units

    9545 Public Finance

    Equivalent Units

    9545 Public Finance

    Referenced Courses

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