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    Analytical Syllabus for the UADPhilEcon

     st1 week

    A survey of the general equilibrium theory and the basic principles of Welfare Economics:

    ; Description of the institutional framework (behaviour of consumers and

    producers, equilibrium conditions, Walras law).

    ; Welfare properties of competitive equilibrium (basic theorems of Welfare

    Economics, lump-sum transfers and taxes, Pareto optimality).

     ndrd2 and 3 week

    Commodity taxation:

    ; The Ramsey rule (derivation, implications, inverse elasticities rule).

    ; Extension to many households (optimal tax rule, applications).

    ; Generalizing the production technology.

    ; Untaxed goods, uniform taxes, production efficiency.

     thth4 and 5 week

    Income taxation:

    ; The Mirrlees economy (basic structure, the structure of utility).

    ; Optimal tax function (linear taxation, non-linear taxation, effects on labour


    ; Extensions (two forms of labour, income and commodity taxes).

     thth6 and 7 week

    Corporate taxation:

    ; Taxation of the firm (profit tax, personal taxes).

    ; Tax incidence (Harberger economy, income effects).

    ; Taxation and Finance (systems of corporate and personal taxation, finance and

    investment with certainty, uncertainty).

     thth8 and 9 week

    Public goods and externalities:

    ; Optimal provision (pure public goods, free disposal, congestion).

    ; Personalized prices and the Lindahl equilibrium.

    ; Finance by taxation (identical consumers, differentiated households).

    ; Market inefficiency and externalities.

    ; The Coase theorem (markets for externalities, non-existence of markets,


     thth10 and 11 week

    Tax evasion:

    ; Evasion as a decision with risk.

    ; Evasion and labour supply.

    ; Evasion and its effects on the supply of public goods .

    ; Optimal auditing with an independent Revenue Service.

    ; Evasion by firms.

    ; Optimal taxation with evasion.

     th12 week

    Debt and taxation:

    ; The effects of debt.

    ; Optimal lump-sum taxation and debt.

    ; Debt neutrality.

    ; Income and interest taxation.


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