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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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KATTAS31 Advanced Course in Public Economics 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Business Studies
Person in charge
economics, professor
Preceding studies
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Management
Curricula 2015 – 2017

Learning outcomes

After completing the course student has an advanced knowledge of the theory of public sector expenditure and finance and can apply this knowledge in analyzing public economics questions of current interest.


The theory of microeconomics policy and its applications on income distribution and incentive effects of taxation, the taxation of capital income and wealth, environmental taxation, pension and other basic social security, health care and education.

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
luennot ja tentti  Participation in course work 
In Finnish
Option 2
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam 
In English

Written exam is possible for foreign students. Exchange students should contact the teacher responsible well in advance before the exam and make an agreement on the required readings, if they are interested in taking the written exam (see the curriculum).


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Four themes (material will be selected from this list):

I) Public Economic Theory:
1. Atkinson, A. B. & Stiglitz, J. E. (1978): Lectures on Public Economics. McGraw-Hill. (Chapters 1-6, 8-13, 15)
2. Salanié, Bernard (2011): Economics of Taxation (2nd ed.). MIT Press.
3. Sen, A. K. (1970): Collective Choice and Social Welfare. Holden-Day.

II) Applications in Public Economics:
1. Atkinson, A. B. (1995): Public Economics in Action: The Basic Income / Flat Tax Proposal. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
2. Sandmo, A. (2000):The Public Economics of the Environment. Oxford University Press.

III) Tax Policy:
1. Tax by Design, The Mirrlees Review, Vol. I, 2010
2. Dimensions of Tax Design, The Mirrlees Review, Vol. II, 2010
- chapters will be selected with the professor

IV) Economic Inequality:
1. Sen, A. & Foster, J.E. (1997): On Economic Inequality. Oxford University Press.
2. Lambert, Peter J. (2002): The Distribution and Redistribution of Income (3rd ed.). Manchester University Press.
3. Atkinson, A. B. & Bourguignon, F. (2000, eds.): Handbook of Income Distribution. North-Holland. (Chapters 13, 14)

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Management
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