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GSBGEN 563

Fiscal Policy

Graduate School of Business

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[ Academia ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] Education Law: General

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[ Academia ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Relevant Course outside SLS for those interested in Policy Analysis : Policy lawyers in almost any substantive area can benefit from an understanding of the federal budget and how U.S. fiscal policy affects spending on domestic needs like education, health care, energy and the environment.

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One of every four dollars in the American economy will be spent by the federal government this year. This course will examine how federal spending, taxes, deficits and debt affect the U.S. economy and global financial markets, and how the economy affects the federal budget. We will look inside the federal budget to understand entitlement spending, what causes it to grow so fast, how it could be reformed, and why that's so hard to do. We'll understand where the money goes -- how much goes to infrastructure, education, housing, health care, energy and the environment, parks, scientific research, national defense, and other needs. We'll look at the stimulus vs. austerity debate, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and Europe. We'll look beyond partisan battle lines and explore various fiscal philosophies that sometimes split the political parties. We'll cover the federal budget process from developing the President's budget to enacting individual spending and tax bills, and discuss process reforms including spending and deficit reduction targets, a balanced budget amendment, and line item veto. We'll cover the major players in the budget debate and understand where the big and small budget decisions are made. We'll look at federal taxation, where the money comes from, how it affects the economy, and how it might be restructured. We'll examine the recommendations of the President's budget commission and see if we can predict what will become of its recommendations. And we'll see if we, as a class, can solve our nation's fiscal problems as Washington has so far been unable to do.

Course Style: A Substantive/ Perspective course looks at law from an external or non-traditional standpoint.

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