Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


The course will meet twice a week for one and a half hours each. There will be additional meetings to discuss problem sets at times to be arranged.


There will be three problem sets, a mid-term take-home exercise, and an in-class final exam.


activities percentages
Problem Sets 10%
Mid-term 30%
Final Exam 60%

Public Finance Field Requirements

The Public Finance field requirement consists of two courses: 14.471 (Public Economics I) and 14.472 (Public Economics II). In some cases, 14.474 (Advanced Topics in Public Economics) may be combined with 14.471 to satisfy the field requirement.

Public Finance Seminar and Luncheon Meeting

The Public Finance Seminar plays an important part in raising current "hot topics" and permitting students to meet some of the outstanding scholars in the field. Seminars take place once a week for one and a half hours. Schedules, seminar notices, and papers are available beforehand. The seminar is not restricted to thesis writers, and first and second year students are encouraged to attend. We also have an informal luncheon once a week where thesis writers present their work in progress; students planning to specialize in public finance are welcome to attend.