5286 Economic and Fiscal Policy
Mag. Petra Sauer, Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/10/16 to 02/24/16
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/16/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 04/06/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 04/13/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 04/20/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 04/27/16 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM TC.3.01
Wednesday 05/04/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 05/25/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 06/01/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 06/08/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 06/15/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 06/22/16 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.0.002


This cource provides an introduction into economic policy from a critical, macroeconomic perspective. Besides covering general principles of economic policy, its goals and instruments, we discuss differential characteristics of european welfare states. In this context the focus is on:

  • critical analysis of traditional goals of economic policy
  • theoretical justification of distributional policy
  • distributional policy in european welfare states
  • linkages between distributional, education and labor market policy
  • justification and possibilities of stabilizing fiscal policy

Learning outcomes

After participating in this course, students should

  • be able to evaluate economic policy issues from an economic and social perspective
  • be able to identify and evaluate differential approaches to economic policy
  • have an extended set of arguments for discussions.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The instructor of the course provides an introduction into each theme. Based on this, students prepare presentations which deepen each theme and provide a starting point for discussions.


  • Two exams (70%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Participation in class (10%)

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

After theregistration period, students from the waiting list, who don't yet have a validregistration, will be assigned to available places in the specificcourses. This allotment is not based on a first-come first-served principle.Rather, progress in the studies will be the decisive criterion. Places of students who don't show up at the first lesson will be distributed among not registered students based on their position on the waiting list.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Last edited: 2016-02-02