SS17 - Seminar Public Economics 1

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Course Description:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of issues ranging from microeconomic and behavioral foundations of public policy - such as attitudes towards risk and ambiguity, charitable giving behavior under varying conditions, and motives for prosocial and other-regarding behavior - to more practical problems of public policies.


A first set of topics address questions related to other-regarding behavior in contexts characterized by risk and ambiguity (Prof. Wrede). A second set relates to motives for prosocial behavior and charitable giving (Prof. Rincke). Finally, the seminar also deals with empirical effects of taxes and subsidies (Prof. Büttner). The list of topics below provides more details, including references and brief comments on the research questions covered in the respective literature.


The seminar has two consecutive parts. In the first part, students write a thesis (15 pages) under the guidance of their advisor. In an introductory session, students learn about the principles of scientific work and the scope of analysis that is expected. The thesis elaborates on the literature (see the list of topics for the main article(s) to be covered). Students are expected to search for additional literature and then work independently on their topic. Advisors provide close guidance during this process. The second part consists of a two-day seminar (June 29th/30th) of students’ presentations. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with detailed feedback on their thesis.

For application please submit the participation form to amanda.tuset.cueva@fau.de until 02.02.2017. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 10 students.

The introductory session will take place Wednesday, February 8th 2017, 8:00-10:00 am, in room LG 5.154.