Seminar Public Economics 1/2

Seminar Public Economics 1/2

(Economics of Social Policy), Master, 5 ECTS

Lehrveranstaltung: Seminar

Ansprechpartner: Prof. Rincke, Prof. Matthias Wrede, Prof. Büttner

Turnus: winter and summer term

Inhalt: Current Topics in Public Economics

Lernziele und Kompetenzen:

Course Description: During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of topics. A first set of topics address questions related to housing, land use regulation, and land use pattern (Prof. Wrede). A second set relates to motives for recruitment, incentives and service delivery in the public sector (Prof. Rincke). Finally, the seminar also deals with empirical research on taxes, subsidies and transfers as instruments of public policy (Prof. Büttner). The list of topics below 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 second part consists of a two-day seminar (December 14th/15th) of students’ presentations. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with detailed feedback on their thesis.

Students who want to participate should express their interest by submitting a participation form (see webpage of Prof. Rincke’s chair) to
until July 17th, 2017. Here you can find the complete course description.

Language: Englisch


Seminar Topics:

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

Chair in authority: Chair of Economic Policy (Prof. Rincke)


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.