College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ECON 854: Public Choice II

ECON 854-002: Public Choice II
(Spring 2017)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Carow Hall 01

Section Information for Spring 2017

Course Focus:

This is a research-oriented course in public choice, also known as political economy, economics of politics, and rational choice theory. It introduces students to basic concepts and debates in public choice, including the logic of collective action, the Median Voter Model, information, bargaining, competition, and constitutions. But its main goal is to take students up to the research frontier, with a focus on what I think of as “cutting edge” topics: empirical public opinion research, ideology, Wittman's critique of the political failure literature, expressive voting, voter irrationality, behavioral political economy, dictatorship, and anarchy.


I assume that you have taken Public Choice I (Econ 852), and are familiar with basic calculus and econometrics.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Applies public choice approach to study such topics as causes and consequences of governmental growth, behavior of public bureaucracies, and economic reasoning behind constitutional limitations on size and growth of government. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 852 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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