30344 - PUBLIC ECONOMICS
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 23
HECTOR SOLAZ SANTOS
Class 23: HECTOR SOLAZ SANTOS
To feel comfortable in this course, you should be familiar with basic micro and macro economics.
Public Economics focuses on the role of the government in the economy and analyzes the impact of public policy on the allocation of resources and the distribution of income in the economy. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the benefits of possible government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course covers a range of topics that are at the centre of the economic and political debate in virtually all contemporary democratic countries, including tax policy and inequality, social insurance programs, public goods, environmental protection, and the interaction between different levels of government. In this course, you will learn how to use the tools of microeconomics and empirical analysis to answer these questions: When should the government intervene in the economy? How might the government intervene? And, what are the effects of those interventions on economic outcomes?
Government actions affect almost everything that we do in our daily lives, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. From a Public Economics perspective we will cover topics such as:
- Government expenditure, deficit and debt.
- Public Goods.
- Social and Health Insurance.
- Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance.
- Taxation and Progressivity.
- Optimal Taxation.
- Labour Income Taxes and Transfers.
- Consumption Taxation.
- Inequality and Redistribution.
- Face-to-face lectures
To be defined.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|