SS16 - Seminar Public Economics 1


Investment, Growth and Public Policy



Course Description:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of issues related to „Investment, Growth and Public Policy“. Three sets of topics will be discussed. A first set addresses questions related to public infrastructure, like effects of infrastructure on economic performance, the (in)efficiency of public infrastructure provision, and public infrastructure and political accountability (Prof. Buettner). A second set covers individual decisions and behavior related to savings, investment, and development, including savings behavior and human capital investment decisions of imperfectly rational agents and the effects of microcredits on households and firms (Prof. Rincke). A third set of topics covers incentives, investment, and regional growth. The focus here is on and the effects of public policies on regional development (Prof. Wrede). See the list of topics for details.

The seminar has two consecutive parts. In the first part, students write a thesis (15 pages) under the guidance of their supervisor. Supervisors provide a central piece of literature (typically one or two journal articles). Students are expected to search for additional literature and then work independently on their topic. The second part consists of a two-day seminar (June 30th – July 1st) of students’ presentations. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with feedback on their thesis.

For application please submit the participation form to until 15.02.2016. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 12 students.