Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2020/2021
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC POLICY (SECS-P/02)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

The course focuses on the role of the government in the economy. Students will be provided with instruments and tools to understand the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the benefits of government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course lectures include tax policy and inequality, social insurance programs, public goods, environmental protection, and the interaction between different levels of government.

Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at developing students’ ability and competence in the understanding of issues related to the public intervention in the economy as well as the strategic interactions between agents and institutions. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage the theoretical and empirical instruments to interpret and analyze the effects of government policies.

Applying knowledge and understanding: the student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to evaluate the socio-economic policies that government and public institutions promote, also employing techniques of data analysis and linear regressions estimations.

Making judgments: the student should be able to use autonomously the acquired knowledge solving specific issues such as the evaluation of policies implemented by the major national public institutions and organizations.

Communication: the student is expected to give clear and in-depth answers to the questions of the written exam and, eventually, to the ones of the oral exam.

Lifelong learning skills: the student should be able to show a good learning ability, by widening, for example, his/her knowledge with use of relevant bibliographic references. The student will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in previous courses integrating them with the additional professional skills that characterize the course.

Prerequisites

General knowledge and reasoning ability. Some basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics, if previously acquired by the student, can facilitate the learning process.

Syllabus

The course focuses on the role of the government in the economy. Students will be provided with instruments and tools to understand the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the benefits of government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course lectures include tax policy and inequality, social insurance programs, public goods, environmental protection, and the interaction between different levels of government.
Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at developing students’ ability and competence in the understanding of issues related to the public intervention in the economy as well as the strategic interactions between agents and institutions. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage the theoretical and empirical instruments to interpret and analyze the effects of government policies.
Applying knowledge and understanding: the student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to evaluate the socio-economic policies that government and public institutions promote, also employing techniques of data analysis and linear regressions estimations.
Making judgments: the student should be able to use autonomously the acquired knowledge solving specific issues such as the evaluation of policies implemented by the major national public institutions and organizations.
Communication: the student is expected to give clear and in-depth answers to the questions of the written exam and, eventually, to the ones of the oral exam.
Prerequisites: General knowledge and reasoning ability. Some basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics, if previously acquired by the student, can facilitate the learning process.
I block (24 hours):
Introduction; Tools of Positive Analysis; Tools of Normative Analysis; Public Goods; Externalities; Political Economy; Income redistribution: conceptual issues; II block (24 hours):
Deficit Finance; Taxation and Income Distribution; Taxation and Efficiency; Efficient and Equitable Taxation; The Personal Income Tax; Personal Taxation and Behavior.
Course organization: The course includes frontal lessons during which the themes of the program are discussed and problem sets to let the students to exercise with the main themes of the program.
Suggested readings: Harvey S. Rosen e Ted Gayer, Public Finance, McGraw Hill

I block (24 hours):
Introduction; Tools of Positive Analysis; Tools of Normative Analysis; Public Goods; Externalities; Political Economy;
Income redistribution: conceptual issues;
II block (24 hours):
Deficit Finance; Taxation and Income Distribution; Taxation and Efficiency; Efficient and Equitable Taxation; The Personal Income Tax; Personal Taxation and Behavior

Teaching Methods

The course includes frontal lessons during which the themes of the program are discussed and problem sets to let the students to exercise with the main themes of the program.

Textbooks

- Harvey S. Rosen e Ted Gayer, Public Finance, McGraw Hill, u.e.
- Suggested journal articles

Learning assessment

The assessment is based on a written examination composed of thematic questions aimed at evaluating the actual achievement of the objectives on part the students. In order to evaluate the depth in understanding general theoretical knowledge, the class work includes open questions on the program’s topics. In their answers the students should be able to show and illustrate the fundamental concepts acquired during their studies.
To pass the exam, it is necessary to obtain 18 out of 31 points. Students cannot use books, pc or smartphones. An oral examination can also be held, in case the teacher judges it useful to better ascertain the student’s knowledge. The vote of the oral examination is expressed in scale from 0 to 30, and it is averaged with the vote of written examination (equal weighting) in order to determine the final vote. Overall, the assessment evaluates, with equal weighting, all the expected learning outcomes of the student.

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