Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2020)
Public Economics & Regulation 2020
Prof. Antonio Scialà
Spring Term, 2020 (
Starting: March 2nd , 2020)
7 CFUs – ECTS
The course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of public policy issues, concerning the Government’s spending, financing and regulatory activities. The above issues will be tackled within the European Union context.
Content of the course
- Market Performance and Government Role: an Overview.
- The Economics of Public Spending and Welfare Programmes (Education, Health, Social Insurance, Poverty, Redistribution).
- Anti-monopolistic Policies and Markets Regulation. Environmental Regulation.
- Fiscal Federalism. Revenue and Expenditure Activities: Local Governments vs Central Government
- Fiscal Policy and Taxation in the European Context.
- To provide students a grounding in the principles underlying the role of the State.
- To provide students with a knowledge of the design of welfare state systems, regulatory and innovation policies, and fiscal policies.
- To introduce the problems involved in implementing these principles.
- To critically discuss key issues in public economics.
To achieve the above objectives students will have to:
- attend course lectures;
- engage in class discussions/debates;
The assessment of attending students is based:
- 70% on group or individual assignment to be delivered during the course (presentations, project work, etc.);
- 30% on a final written exam on the programme's items excluded by individual or group assignment
The assessment of not attending students is based on a written exam on the whole programme.
Regular attendance to lessons and seminars is required.
- Rosen H.S. & T. Gayer, Public Finance. Tenth edition
, Ch. 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20, McGraw-Hill, 2014.
- Cullis J. & Jones P, Public Finance and Public Choice. Third edition
, Ch. 12, sections 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.1, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.
Class days, hours & rooms:
Monday, 10:00-12:00, classroom # 248, second floor
Wednesday, 16:00-18:00, classroom # 248, second floor
Thursday, 10:00-12:00, classroom # 248, second floor
- prof. A. Scialà (firstname.lastname@example.org
) – Dept. of Law, second floor, room 241.
(For office hours see the show-case in front of room 241)