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


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


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


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

Students not admitted to the Master’s programme in Economics or the Master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse), can apply for admission to one of our study programmes, or apply for guest student status.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge


Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.

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


A 3-hour written school exam.

You must have been registered for the course autumn 2017 or earlier to sit for the exam. You register for the exam in StudentWeb. If you have problems signing up for the exam, please contact the Department of Economics:

Previous exams.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

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

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.


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






Autumn 2017

Last teaching semester autumn 2017


Autumn 2018

Last exam autumn 2018

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