Development Economics and Finance

Development Economics and Finance

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Term 3, 2019
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In class

Analyse the commercial feasibility of urban developments through a policy-oriented lens

This UNSW Built Environment short course explores development and public finance through a policy oriented lens. You will analyse financial feasibility of urban development projects and have the opportunity to study commercial feasibility and revenue sources for projects including property taxes, bonding, impact fees and pricing for infrastructure developments.

This course is focused on two related issues: development finance and public finance. The approach of the course is policy-oriented rather than financial; an international and comparative approach is taken to public finance. The first part of the course provides a brief introduction to basic financial concepts and then moves on to analyzing the financial feasibility of urban development projects. Commercial feasibility software is integrated into teaching of project feasibility. The second part of the course covers the revenue sources of state and local government and the use of these resources to finance local infrastructure and development. Property taxes, bonding, impact fees, pricing and various alternative mechanisms used to pay for infrastructure are discussed. The course also includes an introduction to the theory of taxation, an analysis of fiscal disparities and regional finance in the Australian context. The course ends with a discussion of the impact of tax and other fiscal policy on investment behaviour, and the standard measures used to analyse the effectiveness of public investment.

Key Information


Upon successful completion of this course you will receive:

  1. Official Certificate of completion.
  2. Up to 40 PIA CPD points.
  • Domestic students: AUD $3690 
  • International students: AUD $4500 

Please visit the fees page for more information.

Eligibility criteria

An undergraduate degree with a Credit average or above in a relevant field such as a built environment discipline or studies in social science, social policy, business or law.

In addition, this course requires three years of post graduate industry experience, including work in an urban, regional or related professional roles.

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The UNSW Non-Award Course page provides you with further details on how to apply.