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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP6077348, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EC0222, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PUBLICS ECONOMICS 2 (MOD. A
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Other lecturers CESARE DOSI SECS-P/03

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

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

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st 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 20/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Undergraduate courses of Microeconomics and Public economics
Target skills and knowledge: 1. Knowledge targets:
- Understanding social and economic policy tasks (e.g., industrial policy, infrastructure policy) and mechanisms that regulate the interaction between State and private firms (e.g. taxes, subsidies, institutions, regulation or contracts);
- Understanding the effects of tax and subsidies on private firms' behaviors;
- Understanding the functioning of contracts between public institutions and private firms (e.g., firms carrying out outsourced public services);
- Understanding the principles of the optimal design of public policies in the terms of the trade-off between efficiency and other objectives of public interest;
- Understanding the principles of ex ante assessment of public policies, and particularly of public investments;
2. Skills:
- Ability to read and understand the basic literature on the issues covered by the course, particularlyu on taxation and subsidiation of firms, public-private contracts, and ex ante assessment of public investments;
- Capacity to solve simple problems of public decision-making regarding taxation and subsidiation of firms and public-private contracts;
- Ability to interpret the fundamental results of the literature on economic and financial policy about taxation-subsidiation of firms and public-private contracts;
- Capacity to interpret and use basic tools of the ex ante assessment of public investments;
- Capacity to organize and communicate questions, methods, and results of the relevant, theoretical and empirical economic research;
3. Soft skills:
- Ability to organize and work in teams;
- Capacity to participate in class discussions, seminars and possible instruction visits with original and interesting comments.
Examination methods: The verification of acquired knowledge and skills is based on: a written exam; team work and students' seminars.
1) The written exam is based on open questions aiming at verifying the degree of knowledge of issues covered during lectures and the capacity to solve simple problems about the issues covered during the course.
2) The students have to select a case study (or a paper selected from a reading list proposed by the instructor). Then they present a seminar of the case study (or the selected paper). Depending on the number of attending students such works could be done in groups, according to instructors' prescriptions.
Assessment criteria: The final assessment is the result of the evaluation of the written exam (50%), of students' seminars (40%) and the quality of class participation (10%). The assessment criteria are conceived to reward: the quality of acquired knowledge and skills; the proper use of technical language and of theoretical and empirical analysis tools; the capacity to use acquired knowledge and skills; the quality of written and oral communication.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course analyzes the economic aspects of the forms of interaction between the public sector and private firms, and particularly public-private contracts for the realization of public investments and the provision of collective-interest services. Such public-private contracts are fundamental tools for achieving different economic and social objectives (e.g. industrial policy, environmental protection). The pursuit of the objectives of efficiency and social sustainability of public intervention is constrained by the presence of institutional and information constraints that determine procedural rigidities, poor measurability of ex post performance and agency problems (e.g. opportunism, favoritism, corruption, clientelism, etc.). The course aims at introducing the tools of theoretical and empirical analysis of these phenomena, developing students' ability to problem-solving in real cases and to use the main evaluation techniques. The course consists of two parts. In the first part, public-private contracts are analyzed and, in particular, public-private partnerships (PPPs) related to the construction of infrastructures and the management of services of public interest. In the second part, the evaluation issues of public investment projects are addressed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (trying to induce active participation of the students);
Team work and students' seminars on case studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides and mandatory lectures are the main materials of this course. A detailed syllabus of the course is available on Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

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

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

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