Studying Law at Roma Tre

Academic Year 2018-2019

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Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2019)


Public Economics & Regulation 2019

Prof. Bruno Bises


Spring Term, 2019 (Starting: March 7th , 2019)

Course description
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
1. Market Performance and Government Role: an Overview.
2. The Economics of Public Spending and Welfare Programmes (Education, Health, Social Insurance, Poverty).
3. Anti-monopolistic Policies and Market Regulation. Environmental Regulation.
4. Fiscal Federalism. Revenue and Expenditure Activities: Local Governments vs Central Government
5. Fiscal Policy and Taxation in the European Context.

Learning Objectives
To provide a grounding in the principles underlying the role of the State, the design of welfare systems, regulatory and innovation policies, fiscal policies. To introduce the problems involved in implementing these principles. To critically discuss key issues in public economics.

Learning Activities
The course is based on both lectures on the main subjects of public economics and seminars on key institutional and policy issues. External scholars will provide some lectures and will give seminars on their recent research works. Interactive student participation is encouraged.

Assessment tools
Students’ learning will be assessed through a final exam – both written and oral – as well as throughout the course.

Attendance policy
Regular attendance to lessons and seminars is required.

Reading Materials
Reference text-books: - Boadway, R. & A. Shah, Fiscal Federalism, Cambridge U.P., 2009.
- Connally S. & A. Munro, Economics of the Public Sector, Pearson, 1999.
- Rosen H.S. & T. Gayer, Public Finance, McGraw-Hill, 2008.
- Stiglitz J.E., Economics of the Public Sector, Norton, New York, 1999.
Readings from the above text-books and further readings will be suggested at the beginning and throughout the course.

Class days, hours & rooms: Wednesdays, 12:00-13:45, classroom # 248, second floor
Thursdays, 10:15-12:00, classroom # 248, second floor
Fridays, 10:15-12:00, classroom # 4, ground floor

Contacts: - prof. B. Bises ( – Dept. of Law, second floor, room 241.
(For office hours see the show-case in front of room 241)


Bruno Bises

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