Courses Bachelor Display 2017-2018

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Course title Public Economics
Course code EBC2012
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessement None
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
2 30-10-2017 22-12-2017 X/E X/E
Level Intermediate
Coordinator Tse-Ling Teh
For more information: t.ling@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
Acquiring a structured insight into the important functions of the state in modern market economies
Learning about the functioning and performance of the state and its interactions with markets
Understand and critically reflect recent developments and discussions concerning issues of the public sector like health insurance, taxation, pension systems.
Description
This course provides basic knowledge of the functioning and the economic significance of the public sector with an emphasis on international aspects. Some of the topics to be dealt with in the course are: governmental decision-making on the national and international level, role and management of the state in times of globalisation and transnational threats like global warming and international terrorism, important issues pertaining to government expenditure, taxation, and activities (like public goods, international institutions, education, social security, health care), fiscal federalism (with an eye on European integration), and mechanisms of political influence (elections and lobbying). Those issues will be analysed from a normative - welfare economic - as well as from a positive - explanatory - perspective, with emphasis on the relevance and limitation of theory.
Literature
Textbook: Hindricks, Jean and Myles, Gareth D. (2013), Intermediate Public Economics, MIT Press. The literature might be subject to change.
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge and understanding of microeconomics and mathematics (level comparable to: courses Microeconomics, QM1 + QM2).
Exchange students need to major in economics.
an advanced level of English
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture
Assessment methods Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
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