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Learning Objectives

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students at the end of the course will have proved their understanding of the main public economic issues such as: public goods, externalities,
political economy, health-care, social security, optimal tax theory and tax incidence.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: The acquired information set is a fundamental support for the understanding and deepening of the studies of all higher-ranking economic
and financial subjects.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: By the end of the course, students will be able to interpret the main dynamics of public economics and will be able to apply these
notions in evaluating the effects of various economic and fiscal policies.
Students will be able to identify the most appropriate models, among those presented in the course, to describe public economics phenomena in their relationship with the real world.
Students will be able to describe public economics problems analytically, with the opportunity to refer to the scientific literature proposed in the course. Students will also be
able to interact in operational contexts related to economic phenomena, being able to develop analyses through the identification of causality links and the most appropriate
methodologies to interpret them.
At the end of the course students will master a good degree of understanding of the key tools and concepts of public economics that will enable them to tackle studies in the
economic and financial sectors at more advanced levels.


Basic notions of microeconomics and calculus


1. Pareto Efficiency and welfare theorems
2. Public Goods
3. Externalities
4. Political Economy
5. Education
6. Health care
7. Social security
8. Optimal tax theory
9. Tax incidence


H. Rosen , T. Gayer. Public Finance, Tenth (Global) Edition. McGrwaw Hill-
International Edition. (2014)


H. Rosen , T. Gayer. Public Finance, Tenth (Global) Edition. McGrwaw Hill- International Edition. (2014)
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Teaching methods

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Exam Rules

The student will be evaluated at the end of the course via a written test. The written test consists of a mix of open-ended questions, multiple choice questions and exercises, with which the student have to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical notions of the course, knowing how to apply them in practical cases demonstrating that he has achieved the method of study and the learning ability necessary to continue the study of the subject
The failure to achieve at least the score of 18/30 will result in failure to pass the exam. Correct answers to all multiple-choice questions, an excellent level of preparation in all open questions and the correct execution of all the exercises will result in a score of 30/30 cum laude.