Econ 230B - Graduate Public Economics

Spring 2019 - Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman

This is the second of two courses in the graduate public economics sequence at Berkeley. This one-semester course covers (I) optimal labor income taxation and redistribution, labor income taxation: behavioral responses to taxes and transfers, social security and disability insurance. (II) Inequality, the distribution and taxation of wealth and capital income, and the challenges that tax systems face in a globalized world. Part (I) will be taught by Saez. Part (II) will be taught by Zucman. Joe Shapiro will give a final guest lecture on environmental economics. For each topic, we combine theoretical models with empirical evidence. Each lecture is posted in pdf format with linked references (lectures by Zucman for Part II are posted online here ).
The source tex file and the pdf tables and graphs are also provided separately so that you can use and adapt this material for your own lectures (no permission needed). We would like to thank Raj Chetty and many other colleagues whose comments and lecture notes contributed to the development of these slides.


Lecture Slides:

Introduction and Road Map (updated 2019)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Optimal Labor Income Taxes and Transfers (updated 2019)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Labor Supply Responses to Taxes and Transfers (updated 2019)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Taxable Income Elasticities (updated 2019)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Social Security, Retirement, and Disability (updated 2019)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Tax Enforcement (old 2016)

pdf  tex  figures&tables

Capital Income Taxation (old 2014)
pdf  tex  figures&tables

Tax Favored Retirement Accounts: IRAs and 401(k)s (old 2014)
pdf  tex figures&tables

ps1  (due date: March 4)  ps1 solutions (available after due date) 
ps2  (due date: April 1  ps2 solutions (available after due date) 
Referee Report (due date: April 22)Instructions  2017 JEP paper on how to write an effective referee report   Suarez-Serrato  Seibold
2017 final exam: exam and solutions  
2019 final exam: exam and solutions