[ 572GVWLMASK20 ] KS Market Economy and Government Activities

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Economics Ulrich Glogowsky 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)keine
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Economics and Business 2020W 2020W
Objectives This course focuses on the role of the government in market economies. Its objective is to provide an understanding of (a) the reasons for government intervention, (b) the benefits and drawbacks of government policies, and (c) the response of economic agents to policy interventions. It also teaches institutional knowledge and discusses recent policy issues. Methodologically, the course takes an integrative approach that combines theoretical models with empirical evidence.
Subject 1. Introduction: Role of the Government
2. The Public Sector in Austria
3. Taxation in Theory and Practice
4. Externalities and Public Goods
5. Social Insurance and Redistribution
6. Supplementary Topics
Criteria for evaluation
Methods Lecture by instructor
Language German
Study material Reader

  • Breyer & Buchholz: Ökonomie des Sozialstaats. Berlin und Heidelberg: Springer. 2018.
  • Gruber: Public Finance and Public Policy. New York: Worth Publishers. 2016.
  • Homburg: Allgemeine Steuerlehre. München: Vahlen. 2010.
  • Mankiw & Taylor: Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel. 2016.
  • Nowotny & Zagler: Der öffentliche Sektor. Berlin: Springer. 2009.
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority
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