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Seminar on Public Economics

The topic of the seminar will be announced at the beginning of every semester on this page.

Further organizational informations will be published at the beginning of the next winter term.

Here you can find the evaluation results of the seminar (QI: 100) in the winter term 2015/2016 and our seminar (QI: 96,2) in winter term 2017/18.

Winter Term 2018/19:

Topic: tba

Economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues throughout the history of modern societies. The topic is addressed by a growing literature evolving even more rapidly in the last years. Particularly the empirical works by authors like Anthony Atkinson and Thomas Piketty as well as many other researchers led the issue to be in the spotlight again. In this seminar, we will discuss results from the current academic literature regarding this topic. We will consider a number of facets of inequality, not only including the development of the distribution of income and wealth. Furthermore, we will look at how governments counteract increasing economic inequality by taxation and social policies. We will discuss both theoretical and empirical studies.

Organisational information can be found here.

Target Group:

Elective course for students specializing in "Economics"

Elective course for students with the major "Business & Economics"

Elective course for students with the minor "Economics"

Term:Winter Term

starting from 22.10.2019

Tuesdays4.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.NB-107

Instructor:Lennard Zyska
Course Description:see this PDF
Course Documents:see Ilias
Restrictions:max. of 15 students
Exam Registration: via KU.Campus or Flex-Now


Topics of former terms:

  • Inequality (winter term 2017/2018 and 2018/2019)
  • Behavioral Economics in Public Finance (winter term 2016/2017)
  • Tax Evasion (summer term 2016, summer term 2017)
  • Tax Havens (winter term 2015/2016)