Level of Study
Objectives and Content
Public economics is a wide topic that in principle includes most aspects of the public sector. It includes topics related to:
- Public revenues (taxes).
- Public expenses.
- Public enterprises.
- Public regulations.
- Public decision-making processes.
- Public policy and the evaluation of public interventions
The course will focus both on theoretical models and empirical studies.
A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- 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
The candidate is better at
- following detailed argumentation
- discriminating between valid and invalid argumentation
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Master Programme in Economics, Professional Studies in Economics or equivalent
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
Examination Support Material
Mathematical Formula Collection of K Sydsæter, A. Strøm and P. Berck or Mathematical Formulas for Economists of B Luderer, V. Nollau and K. Vetters and calculator. The following simple, non-programmable calculators without graphical display are allowed to be used for written tests:
All models of the type:
- Casio FX-82
- Hewlett-Packard HP30
- Texas Instruments TI-30
The Department of Economics can conduct a sample of aids in the examination room.
Assessment in teaching semester. New exam the following semester only for students who have a valid document of absence.
All the courses at the Department of Economics are evaluated at the end of each semester.
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
- 20.11.2018, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline