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Description:

This course is the Modul Ökonomische Theorie politischer Entscheidungen of the Master of Science in Public Economics and provides an introduction to the economic analysis of public …nances and public policy more generally. It considers how economic approaches can help to analyse and evaluate political decision-making processes. It starts with a brief introduction to social choice theory, covering Arrow's impossibility theorem and the Gibbard Satterthwaite theorem. The second part of the course is devoted to the tools of modern political economics. The third and longest part is devoted to applications. The course follows the textbook by Persson and Tabellini (2000), with additions from the recent literature.

Literature:
Acemoglu D 2005. Constitutions, Politics, and Economics: A Review Essay on Persson and Tabellinis The Economic Effects of Constitutions. Journal of Economic Literature, Volume 43, Number 4, pp. 1025-1048(24)
Acemoglu D, Robinson JA. 2005. Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. Cambridge University Press.
Barbera S 2010. Strategy-Proof Social Choice. Mimeo.
Barbera S, Jackson M.O. 2006. On the Weights of Nations: Assigning Vot- ing Weights in a Heterogeneous Union. Journal of Political Economy, vol. 114, no. 2.

Credits:
6.00
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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 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.

Literature: Journal articles

Credits:
6.00
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Market Design is a growing area of research, and it encompasses a number of different topics of which this seminar/ study project will only cover a subset of. The blog of Al Roth und Peter Coles at http://marketdesigner.blogspot.com/ gives you a good impression of the breadth and policy relevance of the topic.

Credits:
6.00
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