|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. EH van der Werf|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. EH van der Werf|
|Examiner(s)||dr. EH van der Werf|
Language of instruction:
Assumed knowledge on:
ECH-21806 Microeconomics or AEP-20306 Economics of Agribusiness.
This course considers the role of the government in the economy. It does so from a microeconomic perspective. The course deals with the taxing and spending activities of the government, the behavioral responses of consumers, and how the government influences the allocation of resources and the distribution of income. The course extensively discusses the actual financial position of the Dutch government, the existing financial norms about government debts and budget deficits, the present organisation of the Dutch social security system, and the relationship with the European Union.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the problem of efficient provision of public goods;
- analyse the incidence and social efficiency of taxes;
- analyse the actual financial position of the Dutch government;
- evaluate the actual financial position of the Dutch government with respect to existing financial norms, sources of revenue, and types of expenditure;
- analyse recent themes about the Dutch welfare state such as the economic consequences of the ageing population;
- explain the decision making processes of the European Union and the EU system of fiscal federalism.
The course includes lectures and tutorials. In the lectures we present the main topics and some seminal models of public sector economics. Exercises are scheduled along with the lectures to foster acquaintance with economic models of the public sector. During several tutorials, students discuss current issues of Dutch public policies. Finally, students have to present main insights on the organisation of the Dutch public sector and contemporary Dutch policy.
- written closed book exam with open questions (60%);
- individual assignments (10%);
- group assignments, presentations and participation in discussion lectures (30%).
To pass a minimum of 5.50 is required for the written closed book exam.
A course guide is available.
|Compulsory for:||BEB||Economics and Governance||BSc||5AF|