Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Welcome to our new course weblog!

Hello friends,

Welcome to our new course weblog of "State and Local Public Finance," which is created as an additional channel of communication for our journey together on PA5113, 2009 Spring.  
Throughout the semester, each of you will be required to post two blogs, one on a selected revenue policy and the other on a selected expenditure policy. You shall discuss with your group members to coordinate the blogs so that each 5-person group will have one blog posted each week in the remaining 10 weeks. Please submit this group schedule to me before next Wednesday. 
The broad topic area for each week is following the lecture schedule (see the table below). You shall pick a specific point of interest, find related materials on the Internet, and present your comments or questions that are related to our lecture or readings. Each blog should provide hyperlinks to additional web-base resources, and I especially welcome multimedia ones as they are more enjoyable.
You are all encouraged to read these blogs and add comments. Some blogs may be briefly discussed in our class, with the authors invited to make "little speeches." Each week we will select a "Post of the Week," whose author will be awarded 1 extra point in participation score. On the other hand, you will be deducted 1 point if you fail to post the blog in a pre-determined week, or deducted 0.5 point if you post it late.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

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