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Advanced Public Economics IV (MW23.3 - 6 CP): Education and Population Economics - Summer Term 2016

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(C.-Zeiß-Str. 3)
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Tina Haußen
Mo, 12.15-13.45
SR 207
Start: 04 April 2016
Tina Haußen
Fri, 10.15-11.45
SR 314
Start: 15 April 2016

For a detailed schedule, see here (to follow).


There will be a 60-minute written exam at the end of the course (75% of the final grade) and a presentation in class (25% of the final grade).

Exam date: 11.07.16, (14.15 h, HS 3)


In the first part of this course, we will study different aspects of (primary and secondary) education. In particular, the determinants of students' cognitive achievements will be looked at in some detail, e.g. referring to socio-economic but also school characteristics. Further, we will consider how education and experience translate into wages and economic growth. The second part encompasses population economics topics, e.g. gender differences in labor market outcomes and bargaining power within the household. Moreover, we will study (the determinants of) preferences for redistribution.

Note: The first part can be seen as being complementary to Advanced Public Economics II (MW23.2): Education Economics.


I: Education Economics: Primary and Secondary Education

1. Introduction
2. Demand for Education
3. Supply of Education
4. Education Outcomes and Growth

II: Population Economics

1. Gender Economics
2. Preferences for Redistribution


  • Acemoglu, Daron and James A. Robinson (2005): Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blau, Francine D., Anne C. Gielen, and Klaus F. Zimmermann (2012). Gender, inequality, and wages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Checchi, Daniele (2007): The Economics of Education, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Hanushek, Eric, A., Stephen J. Machin, Ludger Woessmann (2001): Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 3+4, North Holland, Amsterdam (in parts).
  • Persson, Torsten and Guido Tabellini (2000): Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, Cambridge: The MIT Press.
  • Further references will be announced in class.


  • Master

Elective within the study programmes of Economics (M.Sc., M.Ec.): specialization areas of "Public Economics" and "World Economy"

  • Diploma


  • This course is held in English. 


Literature list

Presentation schedule

Chapter I.1 

Chapter I.2

Chapter I.3

Chapter I.4

Chapter II.1

Chapter II.2

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 3

Tutorial 4

Tutorial 5