75433 - Economics of Welfare State

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

No poverty Good health and well-being Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Course contents

1.Aim and design of public policies: equity and efficiency 2.History of the Welfare State and its present role 3.The models of Welfare State 4. Pensions 5. Inequality  and Poverty 6. Household and gender policies 7. The "second" welfare and the role of social economics


Selected Chapters from: Stefano Toso, Massimo Baldini, Disuguaglianza, Povertà e Politiche Pubbliche, Il Mulino, 2009. Nicholas Barr, The Economics of the Welfare State, Oxford University Press Nicholas Barr, The Welfare State as a Piggy Bank, Oxford University Press.

Teaching methods

Lectures and class discussions

Assessment methods

written exam

Office hours

See the website of Matteo Lippi Bruni