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Public Finance Seminar - Public Policy in Open Economies

Content of the seminar

At the national level, government intervention is called for in the presence of market failure. With open borders, governments compete for mobile factors of production (labor, capital). The question is then whether competition at an international level re-introduces the same types of market failures which induced government activity in the first place.

In particular, is there a tendency towards too lax regulation? Do governments engage in a race to the bottom in underproviding (public or private) goods?


24 Jan 2013
Meeting and presentation of topics
30 Jan 2013
Registration with
- three preferred topics
- and preferred starting date
Email to:
31 Jan 2013
Confirmation by the chair
From 1 Feb
(6 weeks
writing time)
Handing out of topics and
starting literature by supervisor

Latest begin 3 March
Until 14 April 2013
Submission of seminar paper by sending
an electronic version to the supervisor
Soon after
Timetable for the seminar
(incl. allocation of discussants)
15 and 26 Apr 2013
Seminar (blocked)

You have six weeks to write your paper, but you decide when to start.


S1. Public Provision of Education

S2. The Bologna Process: Who should Pay for Mobile Students?

S3. Education and Redistribution

S4. Adaptation and Mitigation in Climate Policy

S5. Capital Tax Competition

S6. Income Tax Competition (in Switzerland)

S7. Corporate Law Competition

General remarks

Information on the program/time schedule / Presentation of the first meeting

Guideslines for Seminar Papers and Final Papers 


18 Apr 2013

SR 305
(CZ-Str. 3)
1.00 pm
1.30 pm
Jonatan Pettersson
S6. Income Tax Competition in Switzerland
Oliver Krojnewski
3.15 pm
Lars Other
S7. Convergence of Corporate Governance
Janek Kaminski
26 Apr 2013

SR 129
(CZ-Str. 3)
10.00 am
Oliver Krojnewski
S3. Education and Redistribution
Lars Other
11.30 am
12.30 pm
Janek Kaminski
S4. Adaption and Mitigation in Climate Policy
Jonatan Pettersson
2.15 pm
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