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Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Advances in Public Economics and Political Economy

Module:  Öffentliche Finanzen II

Prof.Dr. Galina Zudenkova

Dominik Mark Maxara

Documents: Moodle Link
Scope / Credits: 4 SWS / 7,5 Credits
Course type: Lecture and Exercises
Language: English
Date and place:

Lecture:    14:00 - 16:00, Monday / SRG 1 - 3.032

Exercises: 12:00 - 14:00, Thursday / Mathematik M127


Lecture:    April 3th, 2023

Exercises: April 6th, 2023

Exam: tba

Contents overview

Content of the Module

This graduate course brings together the latest research ideas and topics in public eco-nomics and political economy. The focus is primarily on theoretical work. The course consists of two parts. The first part covers topics in public economics such as the theory of public goods and the theory of optimal taxation. The second part addresses political economy issues such as political behavior (of voters, candidates, legislatures, interest groups, political parties, media) and political distortions (inefficient redistribution, ca-reer concerns, dynamic problems).


Students leave the course understanding how microeconomic theory is applied to critically evaluate interactions between economic and political agents. The course should prove useful for any student interested in analyzing policy issues. It will be particularly valuable background for those students intending to specialize in public economics, political economy and economic policy.


Graded written exam (90 minutes) or oral exam (15-30 minutes) covering the entire module (mode will be announced in time).