Economics 328 Public Finance Spring, 2010 Instructor: Office: Phone: e-mail: Dr. W. M. Wadman CH 220D 962-3512 (leave a message) [email protected] Office Hours: MWF: 3:30-4:30 or by appointment Course Days and Time: M-W-F, 12:00 to 12:50 Course Location: Cameron Hall, Room 110 Course Description: This course examines the role of government in the economy of the United States. The emphasis is on the Federal government, but some attention is also given to state and local government. The course is divided into two major components: the expenditure activities of government and the generation of revenue by the government. Coverage is also given to the reasons for and against governmental involvement in the economy. There is also some coverage of international public finance. It is expected that the student has had a course in microeconomic principles. Text: Harvey S. Rosen and Ted Gayer, PUBLIC FINANCE, eighth edition, 2008. Tests and Grading: There will be three essay-type exams, consisting of two mid-term exams and a final exam. The mid-term exams will each count 35 percent of the class grade. The final exam will count 30 percent of the overall grade. For those students between grades, class room participation will be included in determining class grade. The plus or minus grading system applies in this class.