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Current courses- Winter term 2018/2019

Adv. PE I - Public Policy Instructor Exam Date
Lecture:
Mo, 8.30 10.00 h, SR 306
Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser 06.03.2019,
810 h,
SR 113
Exercise:
We, 10.15 11.45 h,
SR 4.119
Dr. Tina Haußen  

Tutorial:
We, 16.15 17.45 h, SR 4.119
(starting on 07.11.2018,
then 14.11., 28.11., 12.12., 09.01., 23.01., 06.02. = every second week)

Francesco-Saverio Lenzi  
Regional Dynamics Instructor Exam Date
Lecture:
Winter Term 2019/20
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Henn
Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser
 
Seminar Public Finance -
Winter Term 2018/19
Population and Family Economics
Blocked course (End of November/Beginning December) Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser, Dr. Tina Haußen, Heba IsmaeilRoberto Roca Paz
Seminar Public Finance -
Summer Term 2019
Empirical causal analysis - methods and applications to public policies
Blocked course (End of May/Beginning June) Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser, Dr. Tina Haußen, Heba IsmaeilRoberto Roca Paz
Adv. Public Finance - MW23.6 Show content
Content

This course is about different public activities related to the revenue and the expenditure side of the public budget. As to the revenues, in Part I commodity taxes will be discussed with a focus on efficiency and income taxes with a focus on distributional concerns. Public funds may, however, not only be used for redistribution. A major reason for raising revenue is to finance public expenditures related to market failure. In Part II, two types of market failure will be at the center: public goods and externalities.

Whenever appropriate both sides of the budget will be studied in an interrelated way.

Course material

For the course material and e-learning questions, please go to Moodle.

Literature
  • Atkinson, A. and J. Stiglitz (1980), Lectures on Public Economics, McGraw-Hill Singapore.
  • Hindriks, J. and G. Myles (2013): Intermediate Public Economics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Myles, G. (1995), Public Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Further references will be announced in class.

For a refresher of math skills: 

  • Chiang, Alpha (1984): Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw-Hill, Singapore.
  • Hoy, M. et al. (2011): Mathematics for Eoconomics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Wisniewski, M. (2013): Mathematics for Economics, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Please also see the Math Primer [pdf 393KB]!

Organisation Details
  • Offered every summer term
Exam
  • There will be a 60-minute written exam.
Adv. Public Economics I (Public Policy) - MW23.1 Show content

Public Policy in Open Economies

Content

Globalization has brought about competition among states that is driven by factor mobility. This competition will likely lead to an erosion of the welfare state, induce a race to the bottom of capital taxation and erode national regulatory systems. In general, it will suffer from the same type of market failure which induced the respective government activity in the closed economy in the first place. In this course, the mechanisms behind these market failures will be analysed and possible remedies discussed.

Structure
  1. Introduction
  2. Taxes and Public Goods
  3. Erosion of the Welfare State
  4. Ecological Competition
  5. Limited Liability, Risk Taking and the Competition of Bank
  6. The Competition of Competition Rules
Course material

For the course material and e-learning questions, please go to Moodle.

Literature
  • Main reference: Sinn, Hans-Werner (2003): The New Systems Competition, Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures, Basil Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Newspaper article "In Defence of the Profession" [pdf 1MB]
    (This is the translation of an article by Hans-Werner Sinn that appeared in the German daily newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" on October 31, 2014.)
  • Further references will be announced in class.
Organisational Details
  • Offered every winter term
Exam
  • There will be a 60-minute written exam. 
  • Exams of the previous terms can be found here: Exam 1 [pdf 142KB]
Adv. Public Economics II (Education) - MW23.2 Show content

Economics of Education

Content

This course studies different aspects of (tertiary) education. In particular, the provision and financing of education will be looked at in some detail, i.e. the question who should contribute to the costs of higher education in the absence / presence of market imperfections. When it comes to political decisions about the (public or private) provision and financing of education, political-economy considerations are of importance. Finally, education and human capital as important factors for growth will be analyzed from a micro- and macroeconomics perspective and the role played by innovations.

Structure
  1. Introduction
  2. Supply and Demand for Higher Education
  3. Financing of Higher Education
  4. Political-Economy Aspects
  5. Human Capital, Innovation and Growth
Literature
  • Checchi, Daniele (2007): The Economics of Education, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Hanushek, Eric A., Stephen J. Machin, Ludger Woessmann (2001): Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 3+4, North Holland, Amsterdam (in parts).
  • Further references will be announced in class.
Organisational Details
  • Offered regularly in summer - alternating with Adv. PE III and IV.
Exam
  • There will be a 60-minute written exam (75% of the final grade) and a presentation in class (25% of the final grade).
Adv. Public Economics III (Health Economics) - MW23.5 Show content

Health Economics

Content

This course combines applied microeconomics with public finance / social policy questions. A particular focus will be on the various incentives which individuals face in their health-related behavior and which are largely shaped by the form of their health insurance. Possible questions: Why do developed societies decide to have social health insurance? What is the optimal design of health insurance? What about risk selection? Other topics will also be dealt with (e. g. concerning the special role played by physicians).

Structure

Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction
3. Health and education (health production)

Part II: Insurance market
5. Market failure and justice
6. Optimal health insurance contracts
7. Risk selection and regulation

Part III: Providers
8. Physicians as a supplier of health care services
10. Paying providers

(Numbering of chapters accourding to book chapters)

Literature
  • Zweifel, Breyer, Kifmann (2009): Health Economics, Springer (or the German edition).
  • Further references will be announced in class.
Organisational Details
  • Offered regularly in summer - alternating with Adv. PE II and IV.
Exam
  • There will be a 60-minute written exam (75 % of the final grade) and a presentation in class (25 % of the final grade).
Adv. Public Economics IV (Special Topics) - MW23.3 Show content

Education and Population Economics

Content

In the first part of this course, we will study different aspects of (primary and secondary) education. In particular, the determinants of students' cognitive achievements will be looked at in some detail, e.g. referring to socio-economic but also school characteristics. Further, we will consider how education and experience translate into wages and economic growth. The second part encompasses population economics topics, e.g. gender differences in labor market outcomes. Moreover, we will study (the determinants of) preferences for redistribution.

Note: The first part can be seen as being complementary to Advanced Public Economics II (MW23.2): Education Economics.

Structure
  1. Education Economics: Primary and Secondary Education
    1. Introduction
    2. Demand for Education
    3. Supply of Education
    4. Education Outcomes and Growth

  2. Population Economics
    1. Gender Economics
    2. Preferences for Redistribution
Course material

For the course material and e-learning questions, please go to Moodle.

Literature
  • Acemoglu, Daron and James A. Robinson (2005): Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blau, Francine D., Anne C. Gielen, and Klaus F. Zimmermann (2012). Gender, inequality, and wages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Checchi, Daniele (2007): The Economics of Education, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Hanushek, Eric, A., Stephen J. Machin, Ludger Woessmann (2001): Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 3+4, North Holland, Amsterdam (in parts).
  • Persson, Torsten and Guido Tabellini (2000): Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, Cambridge: The MIT Press.
  • Further references will be announced in class.
Organisational Details
  • Offered regularly in summer - alternating with Adv. PE II and III
Exam
  • There will be a 60-minute written exam (75 % of the final grade) and a presentation in class (25 % of the final grade).
Regional Dynamics - MW26.6 Show content
Content

This course is about two different, but related perspectives for the study of regional dynamics: the perspective of economics and the perspective of regional science (geography). Students will learn about different methods in the context of real-world examples. The aim is to make students aware of differences and similarities.

Course material

The course material will be available here.

Organisation Details
  • This course is compulsory for the specialisation area Regional Dynamics. This area provides an interdisciplinary approach to a better understanding of regional dynamics. The perspectives both of economics and regional science (geography) are part of the program. This allows a more comprehensive approach to topics like migration, innovation and, more generally, economic and social change, which very often have an important regional dimension. Furthermore, also topics of special relevance for the local region are addressed. A special feature of this area is that it can be studied with an economics and a geographic background. German and English language skills are required for that specialisation area.
  • Offered every winter term
Exam
  • There will be a written exam.
Seminar Public Finance - MW23.4 Show content

We regularly offer master seminars, mostly in the summer term. The seminars deal with topics related to public finance and public policy. In the following, you find an overview of the chair's seminars:

Summer Term 2019 - Empirical causal analysis - methods and applications to public policies

Winter Term 2018/19 - Population and Family Economics

Summer Term 2018 - Education over the life-cycle

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