Public Policy II

Objectives

A. Knowledge and Understanding
The students will have a critical view about the role of the state in the economy and the main challenges of public
policy in developed countries.
B. Subject-Specific Skills
The design of tax schemes: tax incidence and efficiency.
Low income support
Main challenges of specific policy areas
C. General Skills
Critical thinking
Discussing and sustaining positions

General characterization

Code

67918

Credits

3.5

Responsible teacher

Susana Maria Fernandes Peralta Perelman

Hours

Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

English

Prerequisites

N/A

Bibliography

Jonathan Gruber, Public Finance and Public Policy, 5th edition, Worth Publishers
Harvey Rosen and Ted Gayer, Public Finance, 9th edition, McGraw Hill

Teaching method

The class meets twice a week for a 80-minute lecture. The class is based on theoretical foundations and specific public
policy examples that will take the students through the main challenges in their design and in the analysis of their
impact.

Evaluation method

ASSESSMENT
Final Exam 35%
Mid-term test 25%
Group presentation of applied policy paper 25%
Individual 2-page essay on comparative public policy 15%

Subject matter

1 – Taxation and income distribution
2 – Social Insurance: unemployment benefits, pensions, health
3 – Other policies targeting the poor: housing and labour markets
4 – Education and early childhood interventions

Programs

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