2016 Economic Policy
Prof. Mag.Dr. Karl Aiginger
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
17.09.2019 bis 23.09.2019
Anmeldung über LPIS
Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Dienstag 15.10.2019 10:30 - 12:30 D5.1.002
Dienstag 15.10.2019 14:30 - 16:00 D5.1.004
Dienstag 29.10.2019 10:30 - 12:30 D5.1.002
Dienstag 29.10.2019 14:30 - 16:00 D5.1.004
Dienstag 12.11.2019 10:30 - 12:30 D4.0.127
Dienstag 12.11.2019 14:30 - 16:00 TC.4.01
Dienstag 03.12.2019 10:30 - 12:30 TC.5.18
Dienstag 03.12.2019 14:30 - 16:00 TC.4.04
Dienstag 17.12.2019 10:30 - 12:30 D5.1.003
Dienstag 17.12.2019 14:30 - 16:00 D5.1.003
Dienstag 07.01.2020 10:30 - 12:30 EA.5.030
Dienstag 07.01.2020 14:30 - 16:00 EA.5.030
Dienstag 14.01.2020 10:30 - 12:30 D4.0.136
Dienstag 14.01.2020 14:30 - 16:00 D4.0.019

Inhalte der LV

The goal of this course is to analyze which instruments economic policy proposes for increasing welfare, reducing disequilibria and social conflicts and presenting the overuse of resources and climate change. To carry out and finetune the instruments under very different circumstances requires a thorough knowledge of economic theory, but also learning from actual policy. Here, we concentrate on Europe and Austria, but discuss the retreat of the USA from multilateralism and China´s ambition to become the leading economy and the catching-up strategy of Africa. Economics should be embedded in broader knowledge provided by other social sciences. It cannot offer experience with total precision and be independent of values and judgement, but there exist many methods with which to carve out facts and instruments that have worked under specific circumstances. Science can help reduce the impact of populism, as well as the quick spread of false information in social networks.

Topics investigated are economic growth, well-being, unemployment, equality, environmental problems, public sector goals and management, migration, trade and globalization. The European election in May will be discussed, along with programs of mainstream, populist and upcoming new parties. Also the breaking up or enlarging of the EU, and the quest for a new European narrative with stronger involvement of citizens.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

Economic policy can be based on sound theory and instruments that have proved successful. There is a lot to be learned from other sciences, and experience of other countries. Quantitative analyses and knowledge of fact is important. There is no one-size-fits-all, and bottom-up initiatives are important, as is cultural diversity.

Best students can choose a topic for their master thesis

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Economic Policy is a course with continuous assessment (PI), therefore attendance is necessary. Two lectures can be missed without excuse, absence in further lectures has to be excused/ explained via email.


Combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches. The topic is presented by the lecturer and students prepare a presentation of the topic, combining theory, evidence and personal preferences and experience, leading to an intensive discussion.


Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Writing and presentation of a short paper (40%), discussion input and quizzes demonstrating continuous learning (20%), end-term (40%), attendance required.

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

First come first served, very special circumstances can be considered.

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