Public Spending in the Post-Pandemic Era

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Economics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Public Spending/Post-Pandemic
Fall 2022
Taught By: José Pedro Bastos Neves
Section: A

CRN: 14201

Credits: 4

In light of the government's response to the pandemic and the subsequent economic recovery, the fiscal policy regained the center stage in society. This course aims to provide the students with an introductory understanding of the government's role in the economy and prepare them to engage in contemporary policy discussions. In the first part of the course, I will use a basic supply-and-demand framework to build intuition on why governments tax and spend. After that, I will turn to meaningful past experiences to learn how governments have previously helped economic growth and how they have reacted to fiscal crises. Finally, the last part of the course is concerned with how governments can be instrumental in meeting the most pressing challenges facing society today: public debt levels, climate change, and inequality. By emphasizing the opposing arguments, this course portrays fiscal policy as an urgent yet lively topic in Economics, aiming to develop the student's critical assessment and make them participate in the current political debate.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Economics (LECO)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:14am EST 2/5/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1106
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022