00891 - Economics of Taxation

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course aims at analyzing the principles of taxation. Through this course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the different methods of taxation and their effects on agent behavior.

Course contents

i) Introduction

Typology of taxes and fiscal regimes

ii) Taxation incidence

iii) Taxation and individual behaviour

Effects of taxation on consumption patterns, investment decisions and labour supply.

vi) Taxation and efficiency

v) Optimal taxation

Optimal taxation of commodities (Ramsey rule) and income (Edgeworth Model and recent studies)

vi) Fiscal Evasion

vii) Italian Fiscal System

Empirical evidence and historical evolution of the structure of the Italian fiscal system.

Personal income tax

Consumption tax

Corporate Taxation


1) Bosi, P. (2019), Corso di Scienza delle Finanze, last edition, Il Mulino. Chapters: II (only 2.1), III, IV, VI.

2) Bosi, P. e M. C. Guerra (2019), I tributi dell'Economia Italiana, Il Mulino, Chapters: I, II, III, IV, V, VIII.

Assessment methods

The written exam is aimed at assessing the comprehension of the principles of taxation and familiarity with the features of the Italian fiscal system.  The written exam is composed of open questions, exercises and multiple choices. The mark is out of 30 points, and the minimum required to pass the exam is 18 / 30.

Grading is as following:

  • <18 fail
  • 18-23 pass
  • 24-27 good
  • 28-30 very good
  • 30L excellent

Office hours

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No poverty Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.