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Public Choice in Theory and Practice

   

Public Choice in Theory and Practice

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumärker

Bianca Blum and Matthew Bonick

 

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Department for Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory

Schedule

Lectures: Bianca Blum and Matthew Bonick

E-mails:  matthew.bonick@vwl.uni-freiburg.de or bianca.blum@vwl.uni-freiburg.de

 

Time: Monday, 14-16h
Room:AU 01036a (Alte Uni)

Start:

12th. December 2016

 

Time: Tuesday, 14-16h
Room:KG 1021

Start:

13th December 2016

 
 

Time: Thursday, 14-16h 
Room:KG 1019

Start:

 15th December 2016

  

Modalities

  • This course is designated for second-year students of the University College Freiburg (Bachelor of Arts and Liberal Sciences). It is an elective course.
  • Recommended prerequisites: None.
  • This module is entirely taught in English.
  • 6 ECTS-points.
     

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumärker
 

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Course Structure

Presentation Expectations

 

Lecture:

Lecture 1 

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5&6

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Literature:

  • Literature will be provided on ILIAS.

 

Outline and References

 

 Course Structure

 

I        Introduction 

II      Foundation of Public Choice 

1                    Basic Concepts 

2                    Public Choice and the difference to Welfare economics

III     Origins of the State 

1                    Reason for the Rules 

2                    From Anarchy to the Social Contract 

IV     Voting Rules, Institutional Structures and, their effects  

1                    Voting Rules: Unanimity vs Majoritarian

2                    Constitutional Structures and Outcomes

3                    Problems of Delegated Power (Classical Principle Agent)

3.1 Asymmetric Information 

3.2 Rent Seeking 

3.3 Voters Paradox

 V    Power, Institutions and Public Choice

VI    Other Factors in Public Choice 

         1          Social Norms 

         2.         Ethnic Fractionalization 

 

Liturature 

1)      "Public Choice III" by Dennis Mueller, 2nd edition.

2)      All other literature will be assigned over the course of the semester. 

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