Empirical Public Economics

Instructor: 
Time I: 
Wednesday,
02:00pm to 04:00pm
Time II: 
Thursday,
10:00am to 12:00pm
Venue I: 
Freie Universität, Garystr. 21, lecture halle 104
Venue II: 
Freie Universität, Garystr. 21, K 006a PC Pool 1
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. The course covers alternative empirical approaches and important topics in empirical public economics including non-structural (“treatment effects” estimation) and structural estimation methodologies as well as the empirical ex-ante evaluation of tax-benefit reforms. Lectures on empirical methods are supplemented by classes on the application of the various methods using STATA. The course assumes knowledge of applied microeconometrics.

Literature:
Blundell, R., M. Costa-Dias (2009): Alternative approaches to evaluation in empirical microeconomics. Journal of Human Resources 44, 565–640.
Aaberge, R., U. Columbino (2018): Structural labour supply models and microsimulation. IZA DP No. 11562.

Exam:
2 hours final exam; research paper on empirical topic in public/labour economics (may be part of the PhD thesis)

Credits: 
6.00
Program: 
Semester: 
Fall 2018
Affiliation: 
Freie Universität Berlin