ECON4622 - Public Economics II

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Course content

The course will discuss aspects of taxation and dynamic public finance. It will broaden the scope and provide more in-depth studies of selected topics addressed in Public Economics I. Issues to be addressed include the impact of taxation on consumption, savings and labor supply, the impact of public policy on social mobility, social insurance, international aspects of public economics and international tax competition, multi-national companies and tax havens, corporate taxation, and tax evasion, The course will cover central theories and empirical evidence of relevance for economic policy.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome

You should know

  • central concepts and models from the fields of public economics defined by the course topics
  • analytical approaches to the issues addressed
  • major actual policies and relevant examples of issues currently on the political agenda

 

Skills
You should be able to

  • explain the economic contents and trade-offs captured by the models
  • discuss the assumptions, relevance, and limitations of the models
  • identify and analyse policy problems in public economics
  • assess arguments appearing in the policy debate

 

Competence
You should

  • be able to read and understand reports and journal articles that make use of the concepts and methods that are introduced in the course
  • be able to make use of the course content in applied exercises and  your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme, or have completed a master in Economics at UiO or another Norwegian University.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

A good knowledge of welfare theory and microeconomic concepts and tools (eg. ECON3610 - Samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhet og økonomisk politikk / ECON4610 - Samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhet og økonomisk politikk or a similar course) is recommended).

Public Economics II is building on parts of Public Economics I. In particular, it requires knowledge about tax distortions and basic corporate taxation.

Teaching

Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.

Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.

Examination

A 3-hour written school exam.

Previous exams

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for an explanation about the grade in this course.

Ask for an explanation about the grade for postponed exam in this course

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English