Public economics - F000684

Specific course requirements

To participate in this course the following is required:

  • A good knowledge of the English language
  • A good knowledge of introductory microeconomics. Students should have successfully passed an introductory course in Economics and, in addition, a first intermediate course in microeconomics. The level obtained should be similar to Varian, H.R. (2014), Intermediate microeconomics.
  • It should be stressed that the course uses formal mathematical statements and techniques (partial differentiation, optimization, graphs); so familiarity with them is necessary.


The course covers the following topics:

  1. Market failure
  2. Government failure
  3. Inequality and poverty
  4. Optimal taxation
  5. Social choice


The teaching method uses formal lectures.

During the exam period there will be an oral exam.

General course specifications

Consult the general specifications of this course in the exchange programme in economics and business admin.