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This course covers key topics in modern public economics research, utilizing mainly theoretical but also empirical material. The course focusses on taxation. It is recommended that students also take the course Public Economics 2 to get a full picture of the field.

  • Completion method: contact teaching
  • Schedule: can be found in Course Page and Sisu
  • Study materials: can be found in Moodle
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Please register for the course in the UH Sisu with your UH username. Further instructions (link to be added here later).

    • Code: no equivalent code

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD

    • Credit points: 5

    • Credit transfer: apply for inclusion in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Code: 26040

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD

    • Credit points: 5 cr

    • Credit transfer: apply for substitution in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Code: ECOM-440

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD students: please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree

    • Credit points: 5

    • Please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree

    • Credit transfer: please apply for credit transfer according to your home university’s procedures

    Further instructions (link to be added here later).

After the course, student should be well versed in the basis of government intervention and the impacts and the design of tax policies, and be able to use the material covered in own analytical work and research afterwards. Specifically, the course covers the following area:

  • welfare theoretic underpinnings of government intervention
  • equity and efficiency, measurement of inequality
  • tax incidence and the deadweight burden of taxes
  • the impact of taxes on household behaviour: labour supply and taxable income elasticities
  • optimal income tax and transfer policies
  • corporate income taxation
  • tax evasion and avoidance
  • tax competition