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wir878 - Public Economics and Market Design (Complete module description)
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Module label Public Economics and Market Design
Modulkürzel wir878
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Business Administration and Business Education)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Applied Economics and Data Science (Master) > Economics
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) > Schwerpunkt "Volkswirtschaftslehre" (VWL) (MPO2020)
  • Master's Programme Sustainability Economics and Management (Master) > Additional Modules
  • Master's Programme Water and Coastal Management (Master) > Socioeconomics
Zuständige Personen
Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Module counselling)
Helm, Carsten (Module counselling)
Helm, Carsten (Module responsibility)
Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students are able
  • to understand sources of market failures and government failures
  • understand taxing and spending activities of governments
  • understand the distinction between normative and positive perspectives in the evaluation of government policy
  • to apply economic methods to current issues in public economics
  • present their research result in the form of written papers and oral presentations
Module contents
  • The course covers key concepts of public economics, which studies how government taxing and spending activities affect the economy – economic efficiency and the distribution of income and wealth.
Lecture: After introducing the theory and methodology of public economics, we discuss a historical and theoretical overview of the public sector. We then focus on departures from efficiency (especially asymmetric information), taxation issues (including tax evasion, fiscal federalism and tax competition among independent jurisdictions), and the intertemporal issue of social security (especially pension system).
Seminar: covers current issues in public economics, e.g. reform of health care or pension system.
  • Hindriks, J. and G. D. Myles (2013): Intermediate Public Economics, MIT Press, Cambridge.
  • Rosen, H.S. and T. Gayer (2010): Public Finance, Mcgraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • Blankart, C. B. (2011): Öffentliche Finanzen in der Demokratie, Vahlen, München.
  • Corneo, G. (2009): Öffentliche Finanzen: Ausgabenpolitik, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen.
Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity 30
Reference text
The seminar will be conducted as a block seminar
Modullevel / module level
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht o. Wahlpflicht / compulsory or optional
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture and seminar
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Vorlesung und Seminar 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
end of semester
seminar paper end presentation