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ECOM-440 Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy, 5 op 
Tunniste ECOM-440  Voimassaolo 01.08.2020 -
Nimi Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy  Lyhenne Public Economic 
Laajuus5 op   
OpiskelumuotoSyventävät opinnot
  ArvosteluYleinen asteikko 
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Vastuuyksikkö Taloustieteen maisteriohjelma 

Jukka Pirttilä 


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


Annually in the third period


After the course, student should be well versed in the basis of government intervention and the impacts and the design of tax policies, and be able to use the material covered in own analytical work and research afterwards. Specifically, the course covers the following area:

  • welfare theoretic underpinnings of government intervention
  • equity and efficiency, measurement of inequality
  • tax incidence and the deadweight burden of taxes
  • the impact of taxes on household behaviour: labour supply and taxable income elasticities
  • optimal income tax and transfer policies
  • corporate income taxation
  • tax evasion and avoidance
  • tax competition

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

Edeltävät opinnot tai edeltävä osaaminen 

Knowledge of the basic concepts of microeconomic theory.

Suositeltavat valinnaiset opinnot 

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 course focusses on taxation. It is recommended that students also take the course Public Economics 2 to get a full picture of the field.

Oppimateriaali ja kirjallisuus 

Given in the course

Oppimista tukevat aktiviteetit ja opetusmenetelmät 

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.

Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit 

The course is graded on a scale from 0 (fail) to 5. The grade is an average of home work (30%) and final exam (70%).


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