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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Public Economics by HSE University

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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

Jan 27, 2021

It's a great introductury course on public economics. It enfasis more in the philosofy and the rational so it really allows you to think and realete with reall world problems.

Apr 27, 2020

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

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By Osman h o

May 8, 2018

Very good i gett many benefit

By Veerpal k

Jun 21, 2020

It's good for skill....!!!!!

By Ермолаев А А

Jun 12, 2020

Интересно и полезно

By Gianluca c

Nov 14, 2018

excellent course!

By Bawa J T

Jul 6, 2020

great experience


Oct 30, 2020

Great course!

By wangwei

Feb 8, 2017


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 Крамарова Е А

Dec 20, 2020

Курс, наверное, хороший, но в ВШЭ его дают студентам медиакома, для нас он слишком сложный.


Sep 9, 2020

The course is good


Oct 18, 2016


By Katrina S

Jan 26, 2021

I really wanted to learn the topic, but there is simply not enough instruction or detail into the practical application, so it's nearly impossible to learn the topics, in particular when diving into the calculus of the examples. There is also no direction to deeper resources to learn more, so I will have to quit the course.

By Выпряжкин И А

Dec 19, 2020

The course isn't practicle in the least, not for those who do not have the slightest idea of what economics is. 5 problems set is pain in the arse.

Курс не прикладной, не для гуманитариев, которые не имеют малейшего понятия, что такое экономика.

5 проблем сет — ад на земле ;D

By Ardak K

Oct 1, 2021

The material covered in the lectures is not clearly explained. The questions on the test were not adapted to what was tought. total disappointment. no more courses from HSE