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ECOM-439 Public Economics, 5 cr 
Code ECOM-439  Validity 01.01.2018 -
Name Public Economics  Abbreviation Public Economic 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Economics 

Jukka Pirttilä 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Economics. Open to other students as well.


Period 4

Learning outcomes 

After the course, the student should

  • Understand the welfare-economic underpinnings of tax and spending policies
  • Know how taxes affect economic activity, such as labour supply and investment, both theoretically (based on tax incidence analyses) and building on recent empirical work
  • Understand the normative aspects of tax and spending policies; this includes questions such as how labour and commodity taxes ought to be designed, and how public provision of both public and private goods should be set
  • Become familiar with issues in planning social insurance policies
  • Understand basic concepts of corporate taxation, with a particular reference to tax competition
Completion methods 

The course consists of lectures (24 hours) and homework. There will be a final exam.


Knowledge of the basic concepts of microeconomic theory

Recommended optional studies 

Knowledge of microeconometric tools would be an advantage


This course covers key topics in modern public economics research, utilizing mainly theoretical but also  empirical material. The topics to be taught are part of ‘core’ material in public economics, but they also have direct policy relevance. 

Study materials and literature 

Given in the course

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

All material related to the course is delivered through Moodle. It also contains a discussion forum where students can discuss issues related to the course with each other and the teacher.

Assessment practices and criteria 

The course is graded on a scale from 0 (fail) to 5

Responsible person 

Professor Jukka Pirttilä


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Public Economics  Lecture Course  Jukka Pirttilä 
10.03.20 -07.04.20 tue 12.15-13.45
12.03.20 -02.04.20 thu 12.15-13.45
16.04.20 -23.04.20 thu 12.15-13.45
21.04.20tue 12.15-13.45
08.05.20fri 10.00-12.00
29.05.20fri 10.00-12.00

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