Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2020/2021
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC POLICY (SECS-P/02)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian

Course description

The course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of theories of public intervention in the economy, with a focus on microeconomic policies and public policies on poverty and inequality. This involves firstly a review of the main concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as recollections of the history of economic thought. The topics covered include both theoretical analyses and analytical models related to the theories, albeit presented in simplified form.

Expected learning outcomes:
Knowledge and ability to understand: the student must demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to public intervention in the economy with regard to poverty and inequality; he/she must also show knowledge of the main tools used to analyse the effects and rationales of the main intervention programmes in the functioning of the national economy.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to the main microeconomic and macroeconomic intervention and policy schemes. To this end, the lecturer will illustrate several specific cases of microeconomic and anti-poverty and inequality policies during lectures for attending students, or during student receptions for non-attending students.
Autonomy of judgement: the student must demonstrate the ability to independently deepen the knowledge acquired by being able to apply it also to specific areas, such as, for example, some schemes recently used in the Italian economy to combat poverty, or the different logics underlying microeconomic policies. He/she must therefore also be able to make an informed judgement on the main effects of such policies on the basis of the dominant and critical analyses in the economic literature.
Communication skills: the student must be able to answer clearly, cogently and comprehensively both the questions of the written test and those of the oral test, if any.
Learning ability: the student must demonstrate good learning ability by being able to expand his/her knowledge on bibliographical references relevant and of relevance to the field being studied. He/she must be able to analyse and evaluate the impacts and constraints of policy intervention schemes on poverty and inequality.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics concepts is required. Knowledge of some basic elements of general mathematics, as well as economic history, may be useful. For students who do not possess this knowledge, the lecturer will provide appropriate supplementary bibliographical references.

Syllabus

Block I (24 hours):
Review of some concepts of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. The logic of economic policy: efficiency and equity. Market failures and government intervention in the economy.

Block II (48 hours):
Definitions and measures of inequality. Definitions and measures of poverty. Public budgeting and income distribution. Redistribution. Income polarisation and redistribution in Italy and the world. Theories of the crisis. The impact of the crisis on poverty and inequality. Pandemic, crisis, inequalities and conflicts.

Programme
Block I (24 hours):
Review of some concepts of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. The logic of economic policy: efficiency and equity. Market failures and government intervention in the economy.

Block II (48 hours):
Definitions and measures of inequality. Definitions and measures of poverty. Public budgeting and income distribution. Redistribution. Income polarisation and redistribution in Italy and the world. Theories of the crisis. The impact of the crisis on poverty and inequality. Pandemic, crisis, inequalities and conflicts.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Textbooks

I block: readings provided by the teacher.
II block:
M. Baldini, S. Toso. “Diseguaglianza, povertà e politiche pubbliche”. Il Mulino, Bologna, 2009.
Or:
F. Schettino, F. Clementi. “Crisi, disuguaglianze e povertà”. La città del sole, Napoli, 2022.

Learning assessment

Overall mode: the examination is based on a structured written test in order to assess the student's achievement of the learning objectives. In order to assess the acquisition and depth of learning of general theoretical knowledge, open questions on the programme topics are included in the written test. The written test consists of 4 questions; a maximum of 8 marks are allocated to each question, giving an overall total of 32 (extra marks above 30 to indicate possibility of honours). Honours may be awarded if the student shows that he/she is able, in his/her answers, to go deeper into the topics covered even beyond what is set out in the reference texts and materials presented in class. The time allocated for completion of the test is 1 hour 30 minutes. During the test, the use of notes or texts relevant to the preparation is not permitted, nor is the use of computer supports (such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.). If the teacher deems it appropriate, an oral interview may also be held to better assess preparation. The mark awarded in the oral interview is expressed in thirtieths and is averaged with that of the written test (with equal weighting) for the purposes of the final mark.
Mode with inter-course test: the lecturer may propose to the students a written inter-course test, to be taken approximately halfway through the semester of lessons, in which 3 questions are administered on the syllabus carried out up to that point. The time allocated for completion of the inter-course test is 1 hour. A maximum of 10 marks are allocated to each question, for an overall total of 30. Those who have completed the inter-course examination will then be offered a partial final examination on the remaining part of the syllabus in an appeal in the following examination session, to be taken exclusively orally. The nature of the questions in the two tests - intercourse and final - is qualitatively similar to that described above for the single final test. The final mark will be determined as an average between the mark for the midterm and the final test.

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