Seminar in Public Economics 1/2

Seminar Public Economics I + II

Master, 5 ECTS

Course Type: Seminar

Content:  Current Topics in Public Economics

Period:  Summer and Winter Semesters

Lead Contacts Prof. Matthias Wrede and Prof. Büttner

Language:  English

Enrollment Procedure:  Students who would like to participate during the Summer Term 2021 should express their interest by submitting the Application Form SS2021 via email to by February 18, 2021. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 10 students.


Course Description SS 2021

Application Form SS2021

Guidelines for Searching Literature

Instructions for Writing a Seminar Thesis

Seminar Public Economics 1, Summer Term 2021:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of topics. A first set of topics address questions related to public and spatial economics (Prof. Wrede). A second set relates to public economics (Prof. Büttner). The list of topics in the Course Description SS 2021 provides more details, including references and brief comments on the research questions covered in the respective literature.

The seminar has two consecutive parts:

  •  In the first part, students write a thesis (15 pages) under the guidance of their advisor. In an introductory session, students learn about the principles of scientific work and the scope of analysis that is expected. The thesis elaborates on the literature (see the list of topics for the main article(s) to be covered). Students are expected to search for additional literature and then work independently on their topic. Advisors provide close guidance during this process. The deadline to hand in the thesis is June 20, 2021.
  • The second part consists of a two-day seminar (July 8-9, 2021) of students’ presentations. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with detailed feedback on their thesis. During the seminar students present their thesis. Each presenter has 25 minutes for her/his presentation, followed by 25 minutes of discussion.  A more detailed schedule of the July 8-9, 2021 online presentations will be provided to registered participants during the semester.

For more organisational details, thesis topics, and grading, please refer to the Course Description SS 2021.


Examples of former seminar topics: 

  • Summer 2017: „Risk, Ambiguity, and Other-Regarding Behavior“.
  • Summer 2016 : “Investment, Growth and Public Policy“


Further information about this course can be found in the module handbook. For time and location please consult UnivIS, documents and materials are available on StudON.