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Public sector economics

Code: 61537
ECTS: 2.5
Lecturers in charge: dr. sc. Katarina Ott - Lectures
Martina Pezer - Lectures
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
To introduce students with theories and researches of the public sector economics and to enable them:
- to understand and to analyze public sector economics, and connected economic and social controversies;
- to understand and to analyze not only economic, but also social, political and cultural aspects of the public sector economics, and their impact on the economy and the everyday life of the citizens.

1. Introduction to the public sector economics. Public sector economics and its attitudes toward the government (alternative views of government). Basic about the state (legislative framework, scope, expenditures, revenues).
2. Tools. Tools of positive analysis. Tools of normative analysis (welfare economics, market failures).
3. Analysis of public expenditure. Public goods (efficient provision, privatization, public choice). Externalities (analysis, public and private responses, implications for income distribution). Political economy (types of democracies, median voter, Arrow's impossibility theorem, explaining government growth). Conceptual issues of income redistribution (the maximin criterion, Pareto efficiency, incidence). Social insurance (role of the government). Pension system and unemployment insurance (role of the government). Health insurance (the role of the government). Cost-benefit analysis.
4. Tax analysis. Taxation and income distribution (tax incidence, partial equilibrium models, general equilibrium models). Taxation and efficiency (excess burden of taxation). Efficient and equitable taxation (optimal taxation, the Ramsey rule, the Edgworth's model, politics and the time inconsistency problem).
5. Public revenues system. Personal income taxation. Personal taxation and behavior. Corporate taxation. Public debt (size, burden, models - Lerner, overlapping generations, neoclassical, Ricardian). Taxes on consumption and wealth.
6. Multi-government public finance. Community formation. The Tiebout model. Optimal federalism. Property tax. Inter-governmental grants.
  1. H. S. Rosen: Javne financije
  2. K. Ott (ur.): Javne financije u Hrvatskoj
  3. J. Stiglitz: Economics of the Public Sector
  4. R. i P. Musgrave: Javne financije u teoriji i praksi
  5. M. Kesner-Škreb, i D. Kuliš: Porezni vodič za građane, ažurirana verzija
  6. K. Ott: Proračunski vodič za građane, ažurirana verzija
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : Macroeconomics 2
Passed : Microeconomics 2
3. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Financial and Business Mathematics
Consultations schedule: