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Public Economics

Public Economics is primarily concerned with the role of government in a market economy. Relationships between theory and application as well as between public economics and political systems will be emphasized, with analytical and empirical approaches to such issues as:
  • Theory of public goods
  • Tax incidence
  • Public choice
  • Models of urban economics
  • Design of fiscal systems
  • Income redistribution
  • Fiscal federalism
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Required Course Work

Two courses from the following list are required::
Economics 85100, Public Finance I (recommended)
Economics 85200, Public Finance II
Economics 88100, Urban Economics I


Faculty Members and Areas of Research Interest


Howard A. Chernick (Hunter), Urban Economics, Public Finance
Oscar Fisch (Lehman), Urban Economics
Timothy J. Goodspeed (Hunter), Public Finance
Harold Hochman (Emeritus), Urban Economics, Public Economics, Law & Economics
Sanders Korenman (Baruch), Public Policy
Elizabeth Roistacher (Queens), Urban Economics
Chanoch Shreiber (Lehman), Urban Economics
Purvi Sevak (Hunter), Public Finance
Jeffrey Weiss (Baruch), Public Choice

Members of the Ph.D. Programs in Philosophy and Political Science may also have relevant interests.