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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Public Economics by National Research University Higher School of Economics

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34 reviews

About the Course

This course offers an introduction into the public economics theory. It does not aspire to cover theories of taxation, public expenditures, regulation etc. at length and in-depth. Rather, our ambition is to give a bird's-eye view of central themes of public economics and related disciplines, and teach concepts, logic, and ideas, rather than methods of analysis, which would require an entirely different course format. Our choice of topics covered by the course reflects a trade-off between salience and centrality, on the one hand, and suitability for a brief online introductory course, on the other. The course content is neither comprehensive (which would be a "mission impossible" for virtually any public economics course"), nor representative of other such courses. With these limitations and caveats in mind, we encourage our students to continue their public economics studies in a more regular fashion, and see our role inter alia in motivating interest in such "continued education". The central theme of the course is the role of government as a mechanism of resource allocation which complements and augments markets. Governments are viewed as public agencies set to correct market failures. Such agencies however are prone to failures of their own, and hence markets and governments are two imperfect alternatives. We deal with government's limitations, with particular emphasis on those that have to do with informational asymmetry, limited administrative capacity, and imperfect accountability to society. Otherwise the course's man themes are economics of taxation, regulation, politics of public economics, incentives in government, and government vis-à-vis (civil) society. Do you have technical problems? Write to us:

Top reviews

Apr 27, 2020

It's very usfule cource which enhance my skill and knowledge about public economics and administration

Aug 27, 2020

Excellent Course to understand the intricates of Public Economics

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By Орлов И А

Feb 18, 2019

Сложновато воспринимать даже с хорошим языком. Приходится много раз пересматривать, чтобы всё понять. И даже додумывать какие-то вопросы самостоятельно. Тема интересная. Но раскрыта не в полной мере.

By Carola T V

Nov 16, 2020

It is a great theorical course. I would be really useful to have some documents related to aplications besides the books and papers.

By Agustina K

Aug 8, 2020

It's great, but maybe a bit tough for those without backgrounds in economics or related fields.

By Ajala-Adebowale I F

Sep 9, 2020

The course is good

By Issah Q

Oct 18, 2016


By Amadi I P

Jul 15, 2020

The course was not well explained especially in areas involving calculations. It took me a long time to apply the abstract examples given in the slides to the real questions in the tests and exams.

By Xavier R V

Sep 21, 2020

i will not take the course i didnt know it was ver advance for my knowledge is hard for to understand theres no answer to help see where i was wrong i barely have knowledge in economics looking for a course that will help to understand economics this is a good courde but to advance for me

By Gergs A

May 12, 2020