Course description

This course on public finance starts with a discussion of the role of the public sector. When should the government intervene in the economy? Under what circumstances is public ownership better than private ownership? We then focus on market imperfections such as externalities and public goods. We also study related political economics aspects. The course finally deals with taxation and tax evasion.



Mikael Priks


Lorenz Pirus and Lena Lindström. Office hours: please see Mondo, room A485. Phone: + 46 8 16 30 38, e-mail:


  • Schedule Note that changes in schedule may occur.
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  • Syllabus
  • Course web: (TBA)
  • Course literature:
    Gruber, Jonathan, Public Finance and Public Policy, Worth Publishers, latest edition.