Empirical Public Economics

Instructor: 
Time I: 
Thursday,
02:30pm to 05:00pm
Venue I: 
FU Berlin, Garystr. 21, Room 105
Description: 

The aim of the course is to teach students how to interpret empirical research in public economics and to apply modern econometric methods commonly used in the field. Topics covered include: Effects of taxes and government transfers on labor supply, consumption and savings behavior of households; taxable income literature; welfare analysis of tax reforms; incentive and welfare effects of social insurance programs. Empirical approaches covered in the course include both structural and non-structural estimation methodologies, such as “natural experiments”, treatment effects estimation, ex-ante policy evaluation and microsimulation. Doctoral students are expected to write a research paper on some topic in empirical public economics.

Literature:
Lecture notes and research papers.

Exam: 
Final exam (2 hours, 60 percent), research paper (40 percent).

Credits: 
6.00
Semester: 
Spring 2012
Affiliation: 
Freie Universität Berlin