Postgraduate course

Public Economics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codeECON324
  • Number of semesters
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Public economics is a wide topic that in principle includes most aspects of the public sector. It includes topics related to:

  1. Public revenues (taxes).
  2. Public expenses.
  3. Public enterprises.
  4. Public regulations.
  5. Public decision-making processes.
  6. Public policy and the evaluation of public interventions

The course will focus both on theoretical models and empirical studies.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • understands the normative foundations of public institutions
  • understands the principles behind a sensible tax system, both for individuals and firms
  • is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the Norwegian tax system.


The candidate can

  • apply the theory to relevant policy issues
  • Explain intuitively the basic theoretical insights of the theory

General competence

The candidate is better at

  • following detailed argumentation
  • discriminating between valid and invalid argumentation

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

One set of compulsory exercises must be handed in at a pre-specified date (pass/fail). Approved compulsory requirements do not have time limits.

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written exam

Assessment Semester

Same as teaching semester

Course Evaluation

All the courses at the Department of Economics are evaluated at the end of each semester.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination (New exam)

    21.02.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline