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14.472 Public Economics II, Spring 2004

Example of a Social Security Card.
Example of a Social Security Card. (Image adapted from U.S. Social Security by Daniel Bersak.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a very extensive list of readings, as well as lecture notes and assignments with solutions.

Course Description

This course covers theory and evidence on government expenditure policy-- topics include: The theory of public goods; Education; State and local public goods; Political economy; Redistribution and welfare policy; Social insurance programs such as social security and unemployment insurance; and Health care policy.


Prof. Peter Diamond
Prof. Jonathan Gruber

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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