WS1718 - Seminar Public Economics 2






Course Description:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of topics. A first set of topics address questions related to housing, land use regulation, and land use pattern (Prof. Wrede). A second set relates to recruitment, incentives and service delivery in the public sector (Prof. Rincke). Finally, the seminar also deals with empirical research on taxes, subsidies and transfers as instruments of public policy (Prof. Büttner). The list of topics below provides more details, including references and brief comments on the research questions covered in the respective literature.

The seminar has two consecutive parts. In the first part, students write a thesis (15 pages) under the guidance of their advisor. In an introductory session, students learn about the principles of scientific work and the scope of analysis that is expected. The thesis elaborates on the literature (see the list of topics for the main article(s) to be covered). Students are expected to search for additional literature and then work independently on their topic. Advisors provide close guidance during this process. The second part consists of a two-day seminar (December 14th/15th) of students’ presentations. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with detailed feedback on their thesis.


For application please submit the participation form to until 17.07.2017. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 10 students.