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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
  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.


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.


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.


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 Public Economics 2: Expenditure Policies  Lecture Course  Roope Uusitalo  16.03.21 -28.04.21

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