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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2020-21

Welcome to Public Economics. This is a course on the basics of the economics of public intervention. Depending on the time we will cover the topics of Taxation, Social Insurance, Public Goods, Social Security and Education.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Capacity to carry out research work.
  • CG3 : Capacity to apply economic theory to represent real situations.
  • CG4 : Capacity for teamwork.
  • CG5 : Capacity for self-learning.
  • CG6 : Ethical commitment and social responsibility at work, respecting the environment, being aware and understanding the importance of respect for fundamental rights, equal opportunities for men and women, universal accessibility for the disabled and respect for the values of a peaceful, democratic society.
  • CG7 : Analyse problems using critical reasoning, without prejudice and with precision and rigor.
  • CG8 : Capacity for synthesis.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Capacity to read Economic research articles in a reasoned fashion and evaluate them critically, understand their essential contributions and weaknesses.
  • CE2 : Capacity to understand how the technical problems faced by authors of research articles have been resolved in each case.
  • CE3 : Capacity to test theorems and propositions.
  • CE5 : Capacity to present important economic problems precisely and respond adequately to said problems by using the techniques learnt on the different courses, using theoretical and empirical analyses or simulations if necessary.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2020-21

Public Economics analyzes the role of government in the economy. The purpose of the course is to understand the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the effects of different interventions, and the response of economic agents to such interventions. Among other things, we study the tax policy, public insurance programs, public goods, policies of environmental protection and relations between different levels of government. We put a lot of emphasis on issues such as pension reform, funding for public universities and health reforms.

Among the educational objectives we can include:

- Use analytical reasoning to raise economic problems and resolve them.

- Public intervention to achieve efficiency and equity Understand what circumstances is necessary.

- Analyze public intervention in health and education.

- Understand the basic mechanisms of social security, both in terms of the pension system and the unemployment insurance policies and income redistribution.

- Understand the meaning of the incidence of taxes.




Code: 41222
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 5,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 0,40
Distance-base hours: 3,40

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 0,4
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught