ECON4622 – Public Economics II
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
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
- 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
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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.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent.
Recommended previous knowledge
- A good knowledge of welfare theory and microeconomic concepts and tools (eg. ECON3610 – Samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhet og økonomisk politikk (discontinued) / ECON4610 – Samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhet og økonomisk politikk (discontinued) 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in 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.
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.
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.
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.