Studying Law at Roma Tre

Academic Year 2019-2020

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Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2020)


Public Economics & Regulation 2020

Prof. Antonio Scialà

Spring Term, 2020  (Starting: March 2nd , 2020)


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, Redistribution).
  3. Anti-monopolistic Policies and Markets 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 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.

Learning Activities
To achieve the above objectives students will have to:
  • attend course lectures;
  • engage in class discussions/debates;

Assessment tools
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.

Attendance policy
Regular attendance to lessons and seminars is required.

Reading Materials
Reference text-books:        
- 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

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


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