0710 Special Topics in Economic Policy
Dr. Matthias Schnetzer
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
17.09.2019 bis 24.09.2019
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Donnerstag 10.10.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 17.10.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 07.11.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 14.11.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 21.11.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 28.11.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.3.08
Donnerstag 05.12.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 12.12.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17
Samstag 14.12.2019 10:00 - 16:00 TC.4.17
Donnerstag 19.12.2019 10:00 - 12:00 TC.4.17

Inhalte der LV

This course covers the triangulation of the distribution of income and wealth, economic growth and wellbeing, and policy making. The starting point is a broad survey of the recent empirical research on the distribution of income and wealth. Hereafter, we will address the nexus between inequality and economic growth from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Finally, students will discuss the linkage between inequality, political power, and policy aspects. All topics are approached with references to recent publications in scientific journals and a policy-relevant focus.

To sum up, students will gain:

  • an overview of the recent empirical research on inequality of income and wealth
  • a basic understanding of the theoretical and empirical relationship between inequality and economic growth
  • a multi-paradigmatic perspective on power in economic theory

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

After completing this course, students will...

  • know the recent empirical research on the evolution of inequality in income and wealth
  • be aware of the complexity of the nexus between inequality, growth, and policy-related questions
  • have amplified their stock of arguments for economic debates about inequality, power, and growth
  • be capable of presenting their work in a poster session

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Attendance is mandatory (min. 80%). There will be compensation exercises in case of absence.


The lecturer introduces the topics and provides an overview of the relevant literature. Specifically, the course offers a summary of applied research on distribution of income and wealth, some theoretical approaches and various policy-related papers. Students are expected to read three papers and write short summaries at home in order to prepare for specific units. Additionally, students will present a selected paper provided by the lecturer in a poster session. These presentations should provide an overview of the specific papers and incite discussions in a small-group setting. Finally, students will sum up their findings in a short essay focusing on policy implications of the research.

The course offers a lot of room for discussion in order to permit students to assess various arguments and perspectives, form their own opinion and argue it in a group setting. The teaching is designed to encourage students to actively participate in the debates, raise questions, hone their arguments, and gain experience in presenting in a poster session.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Homework: 30% (0-10 points for each homework)
Poster presentation: 40% (0-20 points for the quality of the presentation, 0-20 for the poster style and structure)
Essay: 30% (0-30 points for the essay)

All single tasks have to be passed (50% threshold each).

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 11.06.2019