Critical Issues in Public Finance

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Course Number: 
GAFL 528 900
Course Note: 
Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees) Special session: 05/19/2017 to 07/22/2017
Course Description: 

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly,on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on Fridays from 9:30am-1 on May 19, June 23, and July 21 and Saturdays from 9:30am-1 on May 20, June 24, and July 22.  The class will meet online weekly TBD.The Course, Critical Issues in Public Finance will consider contemporary issues affecting the fiscal state of local governments.  Covered will be issues that have distressed municipalities; the policies/initiatives that seek to rectify such including privatization/public private partnerships; reformation of municipal pensions; sustainable education funding alternatives; and tax policies aimed at promoting economic growth. Students will be assigned to a team, which will identify and provide a solution for an issue or issues plaguing a fictional government.  Each team will prepare a written report and make a presentation all of which will constitute the final project. Assignments will serve as the building blocks for the final written work product and presentation developed by each team. The class is divided into four modules. The first module will take a historical look at events behind fiscal distress in municipalities and then explore current day drivers that are causing the same today.  Modules two, three and four will examine some of the tools that have been used successfully or otherwise to remediate the drivers of fiscal distress.  In each module case studies will be used to further analyze the particular fiscal challenge of a municipality.  Written assignments will be based on case studies. 

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