Public Finance - Economic and Fiscal Policy

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Module Title: Public Finance - Economic and Fiscal Policy

· Type of Module:


PC (Prescribed Core Module)


PS (Prescribed Stream Module)

ES (Elective Stream Module)

E (Elective Module)


· Level of Module



· Year of Study


· Semester


· Number of credits allocated


· Name of lecturer / lecturers : Dr. Georgios Maris





· Description:


We will focus on the operation and the activities of the state related to the taxes and spending and the impact they have on resource allocation and income distribution.


· Prerequisites:


The knowledge of macroeconomic and microeconomic is needed to understand the course



· Module Contents (Syllabus):

1st Lecture,

Tools of Public Economics (Ch. 1-3).


The 2nd Lecture,

Public Goods (Ch. 4)


3rd Lecture,

Political Economy (Ch. 6)


4th Lecture,

Government Spending: Redistribution of Income (Ch. 11)


5th Lecture,

Taxation and Income Distribution (Ch. 13)


6th Lecture,

Taxation and Effectiveness (Ch. 14)


7th Lecture,

Effective and Fair Taxation (Ch. 15)


8th Lecture,

State funding through Deficits (Ch. 19)


9th Lecture,

Fiscal Policy in the European Union (Ch. 21)


10th Lecture,

Size and Scope of Activities of the Public (Ch. 22)


· Recommended Reading:


Α) Principal Reference:

Harvey S. Rosen, Ted Gayer, Βασίλης Θ. Ράπανος, και Γεωργία Καπλανόγλου (2009) Δημόσια Οικονομική: Σύγχρονη Θεωρία και Ελληνική Πραγματικότητα, Εκδόσεις Κριτική, Αθήνα.



Β) Additional References:

Stiglitz, J. E., (1992) Οικονομική του Δημόσιου Τομέα, Εκδόσεις Κριτική, Αθήνα.

Γεωργακόπουλος, Θ. (2012) Εισαγωγή στη Δημόσια Οικονομική, Εκδόσεις Μπένος, Αθήνα.

Τάτσος, Ν. (2012) Θεωρία των Φόρων και Φορολογική Πολιτική, Εκδόσεις Κριτική, Αθήνα.


· Teaching Methods:

The teaching method of the course takes place through lectures. During the lectures, students are encouraged to actively participate in order for the course to gain interactive character and enhance their understanding. The course is also supported by extra lectures to enable students to deepen further the objectives of the course.


· Assessment Methods:


An essay of 2000 words (20%). The students are assessed on the level of their research. The essays must be submitted by the examination date.

Progress of written examination (30%): Students are assessed on the lectures that were taught in the first three lectures.

Final examination of the course (50%): Students are assessed on lectures that were taught in the last seven lectures.


· Language of Instruction:



Module Objective (preferably expressed in terms of learning outcomes and competences):

After the classes, students will be able to analyze key aspects of the public sector, the role of the State and the available means and tools have to exercise of public finances and fiscal policies. More specifically, we will study the tools of public economics, the public goods, the political economy, the government spending, the taxation and income distribution, the taxation and efficiency, the effective and fair taxation, the state funding through deficits, the fiscal policy of the European Union and the size and scope of activities of the public sector.