Seminar Public Economics 1/2

Seminar Public Economics 1/2

Master, 5 ECTS

Course Type: Seminar

Period: Offered in Summer Term (1) / Winter Term (2)

Registration: Occurs in the prior semester.

Enrollment Procedure: Students who would like to participate during the Summer 2024 should express their interest by submitting the registration form (see download below) via email to Ramona Müller by February 23, 2024. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 10 students.

Lead Contacts: Prof. Dr. Büttner and Prof. Dr. Wrede and Prof. Dr. Necker

Content: Current Topics in Public Economics

Language: English


Course Description

Registration Form

Guidelines for Searching Literature

Instructions for Writing a Seminar Thesis

Seminar Public Economics 1, Summer Term 2024:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of topics. A first set of topics addresses questions related to public economics (Prof. Büttner). Furthermore, a second set explores behavioral public economics and political economy issues (Prof. Necker). Finally, a third set relates to spatial and public economics (Prof. Wrede). The list of topics in the course description above 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 deadline to hand in the thesis is June 7, 2024.
  • The second part consists of a two-day seminar (June 27-April 28, 2024) of students’ presentations. Attendence of both day in the two-day seminar is compulsory. Before preparing their presentations, supervisors will provide students with detailed feedback on their thesis. During the seminar students present their thesis. Each presenter has 25 minutes for her/his presentation, followed by 25 minutes of discussion. In the discussion section, two students will be assigned for “Lead Comments” on topics to which they are not assigned, which will be known beforehand. These students are expected to make two substantive comments related to the topic that was presented. Afterward other students may proceed with asking their own questions regarding the topic. A more detailed schedule of the presentations will be provided to registered participants during the semester.

For more organisational details, thesis topics, and grading, please refer to the Course Description. Further information on the event can be found in the current module handbook. The time and place can be found in Campo, documents and materials are made available on StudOn.