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KAFP 3415 - Public Economics - Level 1

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2020-2021

Number of hours : 36

Language of tuition : English


There are no formal prerequisites for this class. However, students should be able to do basic arithmetic calculations and interpret tables and graphs.

Course Description

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the economic analysis of public policy issues. The focus of the course will be to provide a theoretical framework of public economic concepts and link them to actual public policy applications. There will be a specific emphasis on public policy evaluation and on the development of analytical tools. The course will start by analysing the general problem and methods of welfare and distributional analysis. We will then review the traditional rational for government intervention. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand the main questions behind the contemporary economic policy themes reviewed in the course and the basic empirical methods used in public policy evaluation.


MINK, Julia (ATER)

Pedagogical format

The course will be taught at distance. In addition to the 12 lecture classes, students are required to participate as best as possible in 6 practical classes.

Course validation

The course will be evaluated based on coursework (60%) and an open book limited time final exam (40%). The coursework includes an in-class group presentation (30%), short written answers to class discussion questions (20%) and participation in class and/or the online forum (10%). The at home open book final exam of limited duration (at least 48 hours between publication of the exam topic and submission) will contain short exercises and short essay questions from which the student chooses a subset.


A detailed syllabus will be provided during the introductory session as a reference for required and suggested readings.

Required reading

The recommended textbook for the course is Jonathan Gruber “Public Finance and Public Policy”

Senior lecturers

  • FOUCOIN, Benjamin (Research Officer)
  • LUINAUD, Mathieu A. (Associate Consultant - Space Practice)