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Public Economics

2018/2019
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
2
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 2 модуль

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course offers an introduction into the public economics theory. It does not aspire to cover theories of taxation, public expenditures, regulation etc. at length and in-depth. Rather, our ambition is to give a bird's-eye view of central themes of public economics and related disciplines, and teach concepts, logic, and ideas, rather than methods of analysis, which would require an entirely different course format. Our choice of topics covered by the course reflects a trade-off between salience and centrality, on the one hand, and suitability for a brief online introductory course, on the other. The course content is neither comprehensive (which would be a "mission impossible" for virtually any public economics course"), nor representative of other such courses. With these limitations and caveats in mind, we encourage our students to continue their public economics studies in a more regular fashion, and see our role inter alia in motivating interest in such "continued education". The central theme of the course is the role of government as a mechanism of resource allocation which complements and augments markets. Governments are viewed as public agencies set to correct market failures. Such agencies however are prone to failures of their own, and hence markets and governments are two imperfect alternatives. We deal with government's limitations, with particular emphasis on those that have to do with informational asymmetry, limited administrative capacity, and imperfect accountability to society. Otherwise the course's man themes are economics of taxation, regulation, politics of public economics, incentives in government, and government vis-à-vis (civil) society. The course is conducted as MOOC on the Coursera platform: https://www.coursera.org/learn/public-economics. Course curators contacts: npakhmutova@hse.ru. The course of HSE University. The course teacher: Leonid Polishchuk (Professor, Department of Applied Economics)
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The purpose of discipline is an acquaintance with the theory of the public economics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Сonducts analysis of socially significant problems and processes
  • Formulates and substantiates its own point of view on socio-economic processes
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Public Economics
    Government in a Market Economy. Design of Government: A Tax Theory Primer. Scope of Government. Politics of Public Economics. Working of the Government. Government and Society
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final test
  • non-blocking Average of module quizzes
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Average of module quizzes + 0.7 * Final test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jha, R. Modern Public Economics / Raghbendra Jha. – 2nd ed. – Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2009. – 336 p. – (Routledge Advanced Text in Economics and Finance). - Текст: электронный // DB ProQuest Ebook Central (ebrary) [сайт]. - URL: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/reader.action?docID=460322&query=public%2Beconomics