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ECOM-441 Public Economics 2: Expenditure Policies, 5 cr 
Code ECOM-441  Validity 01.08.2020 -
Name Public Economics 2: Expenditure Policies  Abbreviation Public Economic 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
  no
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Economics 

Teachers
Name
Jukka Pirttilä 

Description
Target group 

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

 
Timing 

Fourth period

 
Learning outcomes 

The course is a continuation for Public Economics 1, focusing on the following areas:

  • Public provision of private and public goods
  • Correction of externalities and internalities
  • The design of social insurance policies, including unemployment insurance and disability insurance
  • Retirement and pension policies
  • Health care
  • Behavioural approaches to public policy

After the course, the student should know the material well and be able to use it in their own analytical work and research afterwards.

 
Completion methods 

In addition to lectures, students write a term paper during the course. The topic for the paper may also deal with the material in Public Economics 1. There will be a final exam.

 
Prerequisites 

Knowledge of the basic concepts of microeconomic theory. It is highly recommended that students first study the course Public Economics 1.

 
Recommended optional studies 

Knowledge of microeconometric tools would be an advantage.

 
Contents 

This course covers key topics in modern public economics research, utilizing mainly theoretical but also empirical material. The course focuses on public spending policies.

 
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. The grade is an average of a term paper (40%) and final exam (60%).

 


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Public Economics 2: Expenditure Policies  Lecture Course  Roope Uusitalo  16.03.21 -28.04.21

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