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Winter Semester 2017-18

Prof. Christoph Vanberg Ph.D.

Introduction to Public Choice Theory, 3V & 1Ü, für Bachelor in Englischer Sprache

Wednesday 09:00  to 12:00    weekly from 18.10.2017 Vanberg BergheimerS 58, 4310 / ÜR 00.010

 

Public Choice Theory applies economic analysis to political decision making. In contrast to traditional Welfare Economics, which assumes policies are chosen by a benevolent social planner, Public Choice Theory asks how policies are determined when self-interested individuals (voters, politicians, bureaucrats, etc.) interact within political institutions. This course provides a basic and nontechnical introduction to some of the main topics in this area.

Content:

Topics (preliminary)

1. Reasons for collective action
2. Direct democracy and majority rule
3. Representative democracy
4. Bureaucracy
5. Interest groups
6. Federalism
7. Dictatorship and revolution

Literature: MUELLER, D. 2003. Public Choice III. Cambridge University Press. (MU)
SEHEPSLE, K. 2010. Analyzing Politics. Norton

Exam: 90 minutes

 

Prof. Vanberg

Seminar for Bachelor Students

Topics in Behavioral Economics

First meeting: Tuesday, October 24, 16.00 h, AWI room 02.036

Prof. Vanberg

Seminar for Master Students

New Institutional Economics

First meeting: Wednesday, October 25, 16.00 h, AWI room 02.036

 


Summer Term 2017

Lecture: Public Finance (Bachelor, German Language)

is the branch of economics concerned with the role of the state in a market economy. This lecture provides an introduction to the core topics in this area. In part 1, we will consider the role of the state from a normative perspective. We will discuss the two classic justifications for state interventions: dealing with so-called market failures and implementing concepts of justice or fairness. Part 2 looks at the state from a positive perspective. We will learn about theories of collective decision making and state (as opposed to market) failure. Part 3 deals with theories of taxation and public debt.

Literature:

Blankart, C. (2011) Öffentliche Finanzen in der Demokratie (8. Auflage),Vahlen.

Corneo, G. (2012). Öffentliche Finanzen: Ausgabenpolitik (4. Auflage),Siebeck.

Homburg, S. (2010) Allgemeine Steuerlehre (6. Au), Vahlen.

Wigger, B. (2006). Grundzüge der Finanzwissenschaft (2. Auflage), Springer.

Prerequisites:

This lecture is aimed at students in their fourth semester. We will build especially on material from "Grundlagen Mathematik" (P ö1c) as well as "Mikro-Ökonomik" (P ö2a)

 

Lecture: Prof. Vanberg  

 

Do

13:00  to 16:00

 weekly

 

 

Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 10

Tutorials: Anna Merkel M. Sc.

Group 1 and 3

Mo.

14:15  to 15:45

biweekly

Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 06

Group 2 and 4

Di.

16:15  to 17:45

biweekly

Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 06

Klausurergebnisse: Verteilung August 2017

KLausurergebnisse: Verteilung Oktober 2017

 

Lecture: Public Economics (Master) SS 2017

This lecture provides an advanced treatment of the central topics in public economics. We begin by reviewing the central insights from General Equilibrium Theory and Welfare Economic. Next we will study problems of optimal (income and commodity) taxation. Third, we consider the potential role of government arising from market failure due to the presence of public goods and externalities. Throughout the course, we will be adopting a traditional Public Finance perspective. In the final part of the course, we will critically evaluate this perspective and briefly discuss Public Choice Theory as a modern alternative.

Literature
Myles, G. (1995) Public Economics, Cambridge University Press
Hindriks, J. & G. Myles (2006) Intermediate Public Economics, MIT Press
Mueller, D. (2003). Public Choice III, Cambridge University Press

Prerequisites
Content of the lectures Mathematics (PÖ1c) and Microeconomics (PÖ2a).

Language: English

 

Lecture: Prof. Vanberg            

Tuesday 09:00  to 12:00 weekly     Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 04  

 

Tutorials: Dr. Pönitzsch        

 Group 1

Wednesday 14:00  to 16:00 weekly     Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 04        
 
 Group 2
Wednesday 16:00  to 18:00 weekly     Grabengasse 3-5 - neue Uni / HS 4  

 

Results Exams: August 2017

Results Exams: October 2017

 

Seminar for Bachelor Students

Prof.Christoph Vanberg Ph.D.

"Replikation experimenteller Studien" (Deutsch)

Ziel und Aufgabenstellung: Ziel des Seminars ist es, einen Einblick in die experimentelle Wirt- schaftsforschung und die empirische Analyse experimenteller Daten zu erlangen. Grundlage sind wissenschaftliche Artikel, die in einer der führenden Zeitschriften im Bereich der Verhaltensöko- nomik erschienen sind (Management Science). Jeder Teilnehmer sucht sich eine Studie aus und bearbeitet folgende Aufgaben:

  1. Replikation aller im Papier erwähnten Ergebnisse (Tabellen, Abbildungen, Signifikanz- tests) mittels statistischer Software (z.B. Stata). Für diese Aufgabe nutzen Sie die von den Autoren bereit gestellten Daten und Programme.

  1. Überprüfung der Robustheit der Ergebnisse. Hierbei untersuchen Sie, inwiefern die von den Autoren vorgestellten Ergebnisse erhalten bleiben, wenn Sie z.B. eine leicht andere (aber ebenso sinnvoll erscheinende) Regression schätzen oder ähnliches.

  1. Mindestens eine zusätzliche Analyse (z.B. Tabelle oder Abbildung, die etwas interessan- tes aufzeigt, dass die Autoren nicht thematisieren)

  1. Verfassen eines Berichtes (ca 10 Seiten):

    • Zusammenfassung der Forschungsfrage und zentralen Ergebnisse der Studie (1 Seite)
    • Darstellung replizierter Ergebnisse und Erläuterungen zu eventuellen Schwierigkei- ten und / oder abweichenden Ergebnissen (4-6 Seiten, eventuell zusätzliche Seiten bei größeren Tabellen.)
    • Bericht über Robustheit der Ergebnisse sowie eigene Analyse (1-2 Seiten)
    • Kritisches Fazit (1 Seite)

  1. Präsentation im Blockseminar (30 min) sowie aktive Beteiligung am Blockseminar

Anmeldeschluss: 24. April 2017 

Die Themenliste und weitere Formalitäten finden Sie hier.

 

Dr. Pönitzsch

"Economics of Charitable Giving" (English)

Prerequisites

You have to register by Tuesday, April 18.  This is an undergraduate level seminar that requires knowledge of undergraduate-level micro. Some knowledge of behavioral or experimental economics is an asset but not required.

Please see the detailed information here.

Description

Charitable giving is a key mechanism for providing public goods and reducing economic inequality. Uncovering its drivers helps us build a better understanding of human pro-sociality. The seminar will analyze key questions in charitable giving using different approaches, both theoretical and empirical.

Content

Seminar participants are expected to critically review literature based on initial literature provided in the reading list.

Grading

Your grade will be based on the following:

  1. Two short summaries of initial reading. 1 page each. (10 percent)
  2. A literature review on the topic assigned. 10-12 pages. (50 percent)
  3. A Seminar presentation. 20 minutes. (30 percent)
  4. Active participation in the seminar discussion (10 percent).

 

 

 

 


 

Winter Semester 2016-17

Lecture:  Dr. Gert Pönitzsch

Introduction to Public Choice Theory, 3V & 1Ü, für Bachelor in Englischer Sprache

Public Choice Theory applies economic analysis to political decision making. In contrast to traditional Welfare Economics, which assumes policies are chosen by a benevolent social planner, Public Choice Theory asks how policies are determined when self-interested individuals (voters, politicians, bureaucrats, etc.) interact within political institutions. This course provides a basic and nontechnical introduction to some of the main topics in this area.

Content:

Topics (preliminary)

1. Reasons for collective action
2. Direct democracy and majority rule
3. Representative democracy
4. Bureaucracy
5. Interest groups
6. Federalism
7. Dictatorship and revolution

Exam: 120 minutes

Literature: MUELLER, D. 2003. Public Choice III. Cambridge University Press. (MU)
SEHEPSLE, K. 2010. Analyzing Politics. Norton

 

Seminar: Dr. Gert Pönitzsch

"Behavioral Public Economics" (for Master Students)

First meeting after application deadline: October 20, AWI room 00.028, 10-11 h.

Prerequisites: You have to register by Thursday, October 13. Please see the detailed informatio HERE.

This is a seminar for Master students. The seminar requires knowledge of graduate level public economics. Knowledge of behavioral or experimental economics is an asset but not required.

Description: The seminar addresses how human behavior deviates from assumptions of classical microeconomic theory and applies these insights to public economics. Insights from behavioral economics are important for public policy in three domains: They can be used to better predict effects of policies, recommend new policies, and guide welfare analysis.

Content: Seminar participants are expected to critically review literature based on initial literature provided in the reading list.

Grading: Your grade will be based on the following:

1. Two short summaries of initial reading. 1 page each. (10 percent)

2. A literature review on the topic assigned. 10-12 pages. (40 percent)

3. A Seminar presentation. 20 minutes. (40 percent)

4. Active participation in the seminar discussion (10 percent).

 

 


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