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ECOM-440 Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy, 5 sp 
Kod ECOM-440  Giltighet 01.08.2020 -
Namn Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy  Förkortning Public Economic 
Omfattning5 sp   
UndervisningsformFördjupade studier
  BedömningAllmän skala 
    Kan genomföras flera gångernej
Ansvarig enhet Magisterprogrammet i ekonomi 

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
Studieavsnittets form 

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

Tidigare studier eller kunskaper 

Knowledge of the basic concepts of microeconomic theory.

Rekommenderade valfria studier 

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.

Studiematerial och litteratur 

Given in the course

Aktiviteter och undervisningsmetoder som stöder lärandet 

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.

Bedömningsmetoder och kriterier 

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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Funktioner Namn Typ sp Lärare Tid
anmälningstiden avslutad Public Economics 1: Taxation Policy  Kurs  Jukka Pirttilä  18.01.21 -12.04.21

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