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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 81500, Special Topics in Macroeconomics; Economics of the Welfare State 
Economics 85100, Public Finance I (recommended as the foundational course in this field )
Economics 85200, Public Finance II
Economics 85600, Inequality, Economic Opportunity, & Public Policy 
Economics 88100, Urban Economics I


Faculty Members and Areas of Research Interest

Miles Corak (Graduate Center), Social Mobility, Inequality, Child Rights
Prabal De (City College), Health and Development Economics
Oscar Fisch (Lehman), Economic Development, Urban Economics
Timothy J. Goodspeed (Hunter), Public Finance
Lisa George (Hunter), Industrial Organization, Political Economy, Economics of the Media
Guillaume Haeringer (Baruch), Market Design, Matching, Social Choice
Sanders Korenman (Baruch), Public Policy, Public Finance, Health Economics
Paul Krugman (Gradaute Center), Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economics of the Welfare State
Chanoch Shreiber (Lehman), Transportation Economics, Economics of Taxation


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


Last updated: May 2, 2019