Seminar Public Economics 1/2

Seminar Public Economics 1/2

Master, 5 ECTS

Course Type: Seminar

Period: offered in Summer (1) and Winter Term (2)

Lead Contacts: Prof. Dr. Wrede (Summer Term) and Prof. Dr. Büttner (Winter Term)

Content: Current Topics in Public Economics

Language: English

Registration: Occurs during the prior semester. The revised registration deadline for the Winter Term 2021/22 is August 29, 2021. The maximum number of participants is 10 students.

Enrollment Procedure: Students who would like to participate during the Winter Term 2021/22 should please refer to the following information from the Chair of Public Finance (Lehrstuhl Büttner):

Seminar Public Economics 2 in Winter Term 2021/22:

During the seminar, participants will discuss a broad range of topics. A first set of topics address questions related to public economics (Prof. Büttner). A second set relates to public and spatial economics (Prof. Wrede). The list of topics in the Course Description WS 2021/22 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 December 12, 2021.
  • The second part consists of a two-day seminar (January 13-14, 2022) of students’ presentations. 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. A more detailed schedule of the January 13-14, 2022 presentations will be provided to registered participants during the semester.


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