Welcome to the Chair of Public Economics and Economic Policy

The unit is concerned with questions of public economics and economic policy. We examine how governments make decisions, and what decisions they should make. In particular, we strive to develop a better understanding of the effects of economic policies in terms of equity and efficiency, and to explain the emergence of potentially also ill-defined economic policies in democratic societies. For answering these questions we use a range of methodologies: from theoretical modeling, to applied econometric work and agent-based simulations. The teaching module “Quantitative Economic Policy” – including lectures on public economics, social policy, labor economics and public policies, as well as political economics – reflects the unit’s research interests. In our courses we aim at linking theoretical and empirical findings with current economic policy issues. The unit is anxious to engage in public discussion of current economic policy making, and to contribute scientifically sound and appropriate alternatives.