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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP4064625, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PUBLIC ECONOMICS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in ECONOMICS


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-P/03 Finance 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
15 Commissione AA 2019/20 - Canale P-Z 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 DOSI CESARE (Presidente)
CELIDONI MARTINA (Membro Effettivo)
REBBA VINCENZO (Membro Effettivo)
14 Commissione AA 2019/20 - Canale F-O 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GRECO LUCIANO GIOVANNI (Presidente)
DOSI CESARE (Membro Effettivo)
MORETTO MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
ROCCO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)
13 Commissione AA 2019/20 - Canale A-E 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 DOSI CESARE (Presidente)
CELIDONI MARTINA (Membro Effettivo)
REBBA VINCENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Microeconomics
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at proving the following competences and abilities:
1. Understanding the scope and the limitations of government intervention in the economy
2. Full acquaintance with the concept of allocative efficiency
3. Identification of the causes and the consequences of the so-called market failures
4. Critical analysis of government policies aiming at correcting market failures
5. Developing the capacity to identify and apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in the course to solve problems that are linked to collective choice and government regulation
Examination methods: The acquisition of competences and abilities is verified through a written exam, that is based on exercises and multiple-choice questions on the issues that are covered during lectures and on the subjects of integrative readings.
Assessment criteria: 1. Completeness of acquired knowledge
2. Capacity to solve exercises relying on the theoretical concepts studies in the course about collective choices and public regulation of economic activities.
Course unit contents: The introductory lecture presents the structure, the evolution and the main features of the economic role of governments. Then the course is articulated in five sections:
1. Markets, efficiency and equity
2. Market failures
3. State failures
4. The evolution of public expenditure
5. Taxation and public debt
A detailed version of the syllabus is available on Moodle.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures constitute the main activity of the course. During the course, exercises are made available through Moodle to measure the progress in understanding of the materials covered during lectures. Some classes are used to solve part of these exercises. A final 'exam simulation' class is organized at the end of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All materials -- including lecture slides, mandatory readings, exercises -- are provided through Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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