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

Administrative Office:

Office hours: Mon-Thu, 12.30-13.30, closed on Fridays. Room A497.
Phone 16 30 38, e-mail:



  • Schedule Please note that schedule changes may occur prior to course start without notice.
  • Exam information
  • Kursplan
  • Syllabus
  • Course web: (TBA)
  • Course literature:
    Gruber, Jonathan, Public Finance and Public Policy, Worth Publishers, latest edition.