Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student should know the core concepts and methods used in Public Economics and be able to use them in their own analytical work and research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.02.2023 - 17.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): David Macdonald

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is a continuation for Public Economics 1, focusing on the following areas:

    • Public provision of private and public goods
    • Correction of externalities and internalities
    • The design of social insurance policies, including unemployment insurance and disability insurance
    • Retirement and pension policies
    • Health care
    • The Criminal Justice System

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is graded on a scale from 0 (fail) to 5. The grade is an average of problem sets (40%), and final exam (60%).


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A reading list with selected journal articles will be provided a week before the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth