Public finance (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Claudio Zoli
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
lezione 8 secondo semestre triennali Veronica Polin, Claudio Zoli
esercitazione 1 secondo semestre triennali Claudio Zoli

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with rigorous economic tools for the analysis of public policies. We will review the justifications for the economic role of the state, and supplement the analysis of theoretical models with evidence from Italian public policies. In particular we will focus on the reforms of the pensions system and of the taxation system.
At completion of the course students should be able to:
- Understand and evaluate critically the justifications for the public intervention in the economy.
- Analyse and assess rigorously public policies on the basis of economic theory.
- Master the economic analysis of the main italian taxation tools.
The teaching will be organized in open lectures and exercise classes.
Tutorials will be also provided to supplement the class teaching.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam.
Sample copy of exam paper available on the course e-learning web page.
The written exam is organized in two sections
- a multiple choice test (for 1/3 of the final evaluation) whose aim is to assess the knowledge of the main concepts analysed in the module
- a set of exercises and essay questions (for 2/3 of the final evaluation) aiming at verifying the understandin and application of technical concepts and the ability to relate critically the main topics discussed in the module.
Students will also have the opportunity to complete theit evaluation through a mid term exam on the first part of the course and a final exam on the second part of the course. Both exams will receive an equal weight in the evaluation.