Public Economics

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36 h
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  • 6 Sequences
  • Intermediate Level

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Introduction
     
  • Week 1 - Government in a Market Economy
    In this lecture we discuss reasons calling for government presence in market economies. We stress key advantages of markets over governments which make privately taken decisions highly efficient in the absence of externalities. The latter significantly distort...
  • Week 2 - Design of Government: A Tax Theory Primer
    This lecture covers the positive and normative theories of taxation, ways and means to collect public revenues, and existing informational, administrative, political constraints governments have to deal with. We consider lump sum tax as first best option whic...
  • Week 3 - Scope of Government
    In this lecture we discuss how governments perform their key functions such as public regulation and public service delivery using three cases. In the first case, we discuss alternative means to control externalities by considering situations when private firm...
  • Week 4 - Politics of Public Economics
    This lecture begins with an analysis of how public economic policies differ from each other in democracies and autocracies. We next turn to politics of public economics in democracies and begin with the classical result about non-existence of a universal rule ...
  • Week 5 - Working of the Government
    In this lecture we discuss external and internal agency problems, i.e. relations between government (as an agent) and society (the principal) and between rank-and-file bureaucrats (the agents) and their bosses (the principals). We discuss ex ante and ex post a...
  • Week 6 - Government and Society
    In this final lecture of the course we discuss the role of society in public sector economics. We start with the notion of social capital and show its duality: its substitutional and complementary relations to government. Our first illustration of the interpla...

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

Leonid Polishchuk
Professor
Department of Applied Economics

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The National Research University 'School of Advanced Studies in Economics' (EHESE) in Moscow was founded in 1992 on the initiative of Russian economists.

A state university since 2001, initially under the supervision of the Ministry of Economic Development, it has been a higher education and research establishment directly attached to the government of the Russian Federation since 2008. Its current status as a national research university of Russia was conferred in 2009, following an inter-university competition.

It is known internationally as the Higher School of Economics (HSE).

In addition to Moscow, the school has three subsidiary campuses: in St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm.

Regularly ranked in the Top 100 of the world's best universities by the QS World University Rankings, it is the second most reputed4 in Russia.

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