This course is a one-semester introduction to Public finance. Public finance is the branch of economics that focuses on the role of government in the economy. In this course we will study the role and the size of public sector, including the rationale for public sector existence (public goods, market failures) and government interventions (taxation policy, income redistribution).
Students will become acquainted with the theoretical foundations of how the government affects the economy, in addition to being exposed to a variety of empirical research. Students will gain experience in critical thinking and will learn about the theoretic basis of the economic arguments used by politicians.