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Advanced Public Finance (MW 23.6 - 6 CP) - Summer Term 2018

Content / Level

(C.-Zeiß-Str. 3)
Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser
Mo, 8.30 - 10.00
Fr, 10.15 - 11.45
SR 207
SR 114
Start: April 9, 2018
Roberto Roca Paz


There will be a 60-minute written exam on July 30, 14.15 h, in HS 3.

Exam date:

For past exams, see >here<.


This course is about different public activities related to the revenue and the expenditure side of the public budget. As to the revenues, in Part I commodity taxes will be discussed with a focus on efficiency and income taxes with a focus on distributional concerns. Public funds may, however, not only be used for redistribution. A major reason for raising revenue is to finance public expenditures related to market failure. In Part II, two types of market failure will be at the center: public goods and externalities.

Whenever appropriate both sides of the budget will not only be studied in an interrelated way.


For the course material, please go to Moodle:


  • Atkinson, A. and J. Stiglitz (1980), Lectures on Public Economics, McGraw-Hill Singapore.
  • Hindriks, J. and G. Myles (2013): Intermediate Public Economics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

  • Myles, G. (1995), Public Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Further references will be announced in class.

For a refresher of math skills: 

  • Chiang, Alpha (1984): Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw-Hill, Singapore.
  • Hoy, M. et al. (2011): Mathematics for Eoconomics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Wisniewski, M. (2013): Mathematics for Economics, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Please also see the >Math Primer<!


  • Master 
Elective within the study programmes of Economics (M.Sc., M.Ec.)

Elective within the study programmes of Business and Economic Education (M.Sc.)


  • The course language is English.