Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Emanuela Randon
  • Crediti formativi: 8
  • SSD: SECS-P/03
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese
  • Moduli: Emanuela Randon (Modulo 1) Alessandro Tavoni (Modulo 2)
  • Modalità didattica: Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza (Modulo 1) Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: Laurea in Economia del turismo (cod. 8847)

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course starts with an exposition of the different market failures (externalities, public goods, market power, asymmetric information), with emphasis on tourism and environmental issues. The course then focuses on taxation policies as remedy to market inefficiencies. After a general introduction on taxation principles, the student will learn the most advances in environmental taxation in promoting green growth as well as the most recent applications of taxation on tourism sector (road tax, tourist tax, congestion pricing).



1 Introduction

Reasons for government interventions. Market failures. Normative vs positive economics.

Paternalism vs individual failures.

2 Externalities and Public Goods

Problems and Solutions. Environmental and Health Externalities. Applications to tourism sector.

3 Principal indices of public finance

Taxes and spending: descriptive statistics. Government budgeting.

4 Taxation in Theory and Practice

Taxation in Europe and around the world

Tax inefficiencies and their implications for optimal taxation. Tax incidence.

The equity implications of taxation: income distribution, transfers, welfare programs

Taxes on labour supply, consumption, savings.

Taxation and tourism market


1: Fundamentals of Game Theory and Insights for Environmental Management

Social dilemmas. Social interactions. Social Norms. Behavioral game theory. Behavioral fallacies. Lessons for policymakers.

2: Environmental Policies

Correcting local externalities: Cooperation in the local commons. Correcting global externalities: International Environmental Agreements and Carbon Taxes. Theory and Applications in the Lab. Class Experiments. Theory and Applications in the Field.

3: The Role of Policy in Fostering the Diffusion of Low-Carbon Goods and Technologies

Encouraging the demand of environmentally friendly products via subsidies and taxes. Patents and innovation. Climate change mitigation. Marginal abatement curves. Environmental Kuznets Curve.


Part I: Jonathan Gruber, Public Finance and Public Policy, Fifth Edition, 2016, Worth Publishers, Chapter:

1,2,4,6,7,18, 19, 20, 21.

Part II: Chapters 4, 16, 20 from CORE Economics textbook: freely available at: https://www.core-econ.org/the-economy/book/text/0-3-contents.html . Assigned readings and lecture material.

Metodi didattici

The course will be a combination of frontal lectures and student presentations.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The exam is divided into two parts. Each part is a written test of 45 minutes with multiple choices and open essay-style questions. For Part I, it is based on 2 questions out of three (6 points each question) and 4 multiple choices (1 point each question). The maximum score attainable in each part is 16/32.

Notes or other materials are not allowed.

Grading is as follows:

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

Students can reject the grade obtained at the exam only twice. To this end, he/she must email a request to the instructor within the date set for registration. The instructor will confirm reception of the request within the same date. In the case of partial exams, rejection is intended with respect to the whole exam, whose grade is the average of the grades obtained in the two mid-terms: if the grade is rejected, the student must retake the full exam (consisting of both parts).

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Emanuela Randon

Consulta il sito web di Alessandro Tavoni


Energia pulita e accessibile Ridurre le disuguaglianze Città e comunità sostenibili Consumo e produzione responsabili

L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.