1137 Economic Policy
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Wilfried Altzinger
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
23.11.2020 bis 29.11.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Dienstag 01.12.2020 10:30 - 13:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 15.12.2020 10:30 - 13:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 12.01.2021 10:30 - 13:30 TC.3.08
Freitag 15.01.2021 13:00 - 15:30 TC.3.08
Dienstag 19.01.2021 10:30 - 13:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 26.01.2021 10:30 - 13:30 Online-Einheit
Freitag 29.01.2021 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

Distance Learning:

  1.     The lecture will be offerd by TEAMs.
  2.     teaching/learning methods: virtual synchron
  3.     What do you expect from the students? Preparation of the respective chapters of the book by everyone
  4.     How is attendance regulated? Obligatory attendance
  5.     How does the assessment take place? see below

Inhalte der LV

In this class we will discuss and analyse Tony Atkinson's last book "Inequality - What can be done?" which is his intellectual estate for all scholars of inequality. Tony Atkinson (1944-2017) is certainly the doyen of the theory of distribution (you may have a look on his obituaries there).

Please buy, rent or organize this book in advance!

I will present Chap.1-3 in the first two units (12/01/2020 and 12/15/2020). After this introduction an interim exam will follow:

Friday 12/18/20 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.27

Chap. 4 until Chap. 10 of the book will be presented by you (in groups of two or three; we will skip Chap.11). It is expected that you present the main content of each chapter. Additionally it is highly welcome if you also present current research on each respective chapter (at least one or two papers). Therefore the following additional sources should be used:

  •     literature cited in the footnotes by each individual chapter
  •     current empirical research (for Austria, the EU or/and globally) if available

The final exam is scheduled for:

Friday 01/29/21 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.27

Note: If COVID-19 will prohibit an exam with mandatory attendance on Campus I will offer oral exams only.

Contents of the the book can be found here. Actually we are 19 students for 7 chapters. Chapters will be provided by a group of two or three. Please look at the contents of the book. Then chose your (three) prefered topics (by rank) and your associate, complete the excel-file and provide me your choice by mail: until 8 December. We will discuss details on that issue in the 1st unit on 1st December.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

Participants should:

  •     gain an overview of the most important aspects of the current distributional policy discussion
  •     learn and understand important theoretical concepts of income and wealth distribution
  •     get an overview on empirical studies of income and wealth distributions (global, Europe, USA, Austria)

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Attendance and active participation is mandatory for all units. (TEAMS provides attandance lists automatically).


Presence is mandatory in all units.

Participants will present chapter 4-10 of the book in groups of two or three.

In the last unit there will be a final exam.

Subject matter:

  • Chap.1-10 (p.1-280)  and 'The Way Forward' (p.301-308)
  • Slides provided by W.A.


Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

  • oral exam: 40%
  • lessons learned: 10%
  • written seminar paper: 20%
  • presentation of the paper: 20%
  • participation in class: 10%


1 Autor/in: Atkinson, Anthony

Inequality - What can be done?


Jahr: 2015
Prüfungsstoff: Ja
Diplomprüfungsstoff: Nein
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden
Art: Buch

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

  • basic knowledge in micro and macro

  • (strong) interest in distributional issues


Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden


Office hours: Monday 2-3 pm. (Please make an appointment in advance!)

You may also visit our Research Institute "Economics of Inequality" (where you can find a lot of additional materials on inequality).



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