84558 - Public Finance And Public Policy

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Economics and Finance (cod. 8835)

Learning outcomes

This course is an introduction to the theory of public economics (public goods, externalities, taxation and public spending) and the public regulation of private markets. These theoretical tools are then applied to analyze fiscal policies and regulation in Italy and the European Union.

Course contents

  1. Tools of Normative Analysis
  2. Public Goods
  3. Externalities
  4. Political Economics
  5. Income Redistribution: Conceptual Issues
  6. Taxation and Income Distribution
  7. Taxation and Efficiency
  8. Efficient and Equitable Taxation


Rosen and Gayer: Public Finance, McGraw Hill (any edition).

Lecture notes

Further readings will be indicated in class

Please check for additional material on IOL (link on the right)

Teaching methods

Lectures. Please make sure to take good notes.

Assessment methods

Written examination one hour long.  The test will include about 7-9 open questions.

The mark of the paper will reflect the cadidate's:

i) knowlege of the subject

ii) ability to engage in critical thinking,

iii) use of appropriate terminology.

Office hours

See the website of Luigi Alberto Franzoni


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