ECON4624 – Empirical Public Economics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course discusses the impact and effectiveness of public policies. We discuss modern econometric techniques that allow assessment of how public policy affects individuals, businesses and society. We study a variety of public policies, incuding taxation, social insurance and public service provision. Students will learn to read, understand and critically assess empirical research in the area of public economics, and be introduced to a variety of empirical methods to evaluate public policy research questions.
You should know
- how public policy affects economic behavior
- how to assess empirical research on public policy
- how to formulate credible empirical design for evaluating public policy
You should be able to
- identify empirical policy problems in public economics
- identify the assumptions, relevance, and limitations of different empirical methods
- assess arguments appearing in the policy debate relating to the impact of public policy
- 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
You must fulfill one of these prerequisites:
- Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent.
- ECON3220 – Microeconomics 3 / ECON4220 – Microeconomics 3, or equivalent.
Recommended previous knowledge
Lectures and seminars.
Voluntary tuition activities:
- A term paper
- An oral presentation
Ordinarily, this course has a 3-hour written school exam.
For 2021 the following applies for the exam in ECON4624:
The examination will be a 5-hour home examination in Inspera. The home exam will be an open-book exam, where all written and printed resources as well as technical support is allowed. All submitted papers will be checked for plagiarism. You can find the date and time for the exam on the semester page.
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
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.