5564 Economic and Fiscal Policy
Severin Rapp, M.Sc.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/04/22 to 02/24/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/09/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 03/16/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 03/23/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 03/30/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 04/06/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 05/04/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 05/11/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 05/18/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.3.01
Wednesday 05/25/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.3.01
Wednesday 06/01/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01
Wednesday 06/08/22 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM TC.4.01

This course considers various aspects of economic policy against the background of global and domestic challenges. It covers normative and political arguments regarding the role of government. Equipped with the tools to understand how the ends of economic policy are defined, students receive an introduction into the tools governments employ to achieve these ends. Then, the course proceeds with an analysis of how current challenges, including demographic change, globalisation, the rise of inequality and COVID-19, shape the scope of economic policy and the employment of its means.

Learning outcomes

In addition to a thorough understanding of current issues in economic policy, students will: 

  • Improve their debating skills
  • Train writing effective briefings to support decision-making, by presenting complex information in an accessible and well-structured way
  • Learn to effectively read academic publications in economic policy and engage in policy analysis (comparative approach, literature based)
  • Use scientific evidence to support arguments


Attendance requirements

The course is based on compulsory attendance. Students may miss two sessions. This holds for digital and in-person teaching alike. Attendance in the first session is mandatory. Students who are absent during the first session without providing notice in advance and stating their intentions to participate in the course will be signed out.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Teaching methods include lecturing, interactive tasks and discussion in class, written assignments and Oxford-style debates on specific policies.



  • Compiling a policy-memo as a take-home exercise (40%)
  • Oxford-style debate with handout (30%)
  • Approximately fortnightly assignments (30%)


  • Distinction (Sehr gut): 88% -100%
  • Merit (Gut): 76% - 87%
  • Pass - satisfactory (Befriedigend): 64% - 75%
  • Pass - sufficient (Genügend): 51% - 63%
  • Fail (Nicht genügend): 0 - 50%
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Please deregister from the course as soon as possible if you cannot participate. Students on the waiting list will be admitted based on the "first-come, first-served principle".

1 Author: Peter Bofinger

Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre – Eine Einführung in die Wissenschaft von Märkten

Kap. 1, 12, 16, 18-21

Publisher: Pearson
Edition: 3
Year: 2011
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
Availability of lecturer(s)
Last edited: 2022-01-10