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Economics 290

Canadian Microeconomic Policy

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: 12 credits, minimum C in Economics 103 and, Economics 105 and English 099

Required Readings: selections from Bator, Block, Coase, de Jasay, Demsetz, Heyne, Herschleifer Landsberg, Norrie, Parkin, and Rosen

Course Description:

This course applies the tools developed in Economics 103 to current issues in the Canadian economy. Topics include opportunity cost, economic effeciency, dead weight loss, the effects of taxes and subsidies, an economic analysis of marketing boards, the redistribution of income, and market failure.

Course Outline:

Week Topic
1 The idea of the market & the meaning of efficiency
2 The concept of market failure
3 Externalities
4 Public Goods
5 Market Failure
6 Market Failure
7 Review/Midterm
8 Overview of Canadian economy & government finances
9 Optimal taxation
10 Applied topics - redistribution & welfare
11 Applied topics - health care
12 Class presentations
13 Review - term paper due
14 Final exam



Class participation 5%
Assignments (2) 20%
Midterm 20%
Term Paper & Class Presentation 30%
Final Exam 25%


Stéphane Deseau, M.Econ. (Maine, France), M.Sc. (Quebec)
Cheryl Fu, B.A. (Beijing), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. candidate
Paul Geddes, B.A. (Claremont), M.A. (Carleton)
Fatin Jallad, B.A., B.Sc. (Portland), M.Sc. (New Mexico), M.Sc. ( Arizona)
Susana Leung, B.B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser)

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