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    ECONOMICS 150 Public Finance:  Taxation Roger Gordon
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    Today’s Plan I. Objectives of course II. Logistics III. Outline of course IV. Overview of U.S. tax structure V. Initial discussion of tax incidence
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    I.  Objectives of Course Familiarize you with current U.S. tax law Who ends up “paying” these taxes? (equity effects) How do individuals and firms change their behavior in response to tax incentives? (What opportunities do you have do reduce your tax payments?) What are the resulting efficiency costs? What types of reforms are under serious debate and what would be their effects?
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    II.  Logistics Course readings Reading list available on Web CT Textbooks (any edition fine) Gruber, Public Finance and Public Policy Slemrod and Bakija, Taxing Ourselves Other readings available electronically on Web CT
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    Lectures Cover a variety of topics not in the textbook Slides are posted on Web CT Note: slides omit key material covered on the blackboard (Note: Last year’s slides on web now. These will be updated as the term progresses.)
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    Course Requirements Two midterms (April 21 and May 14) Each count for 25% of grade Exams optional but no make-up exams If miss an exam, increase weight on other exams If grade hurts your average, drop exam and increase weight on other exams Final (June 9) 50% of grade Past exams (without answers) are posted on Web CT
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    Prerequisites Economics 100a
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    Office hours My office hours: Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30, in Economics 316 TA: Ashley Hooper Email: ahooper@weber.ucsd.edu Office hours: TBA
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    III.  Outline of course Weeks 1-3: Basic theory about the equity/efficiency trade-offs in designing the tax code Weeks 4-6: Structure of personal income tax, and behavioral responses Weeks 7-9: Structure of corporate tax and estate tax, use of debt finance Week 10: Tax reform proposals and review
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