SØK2011 - Public Economics and Economic Policy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Course content

The course includes economic perspectives on the role of the public sector and political decision-making. The relationships between taxes, redistribution policies, and the efficiency of the economy determine the sustainability of the welfare state.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome


You learn

  • consequences on economic efficiency and redistribution of different types of taxes
  • arguments for and consequences of different types of redistribution policies
  • cost-benefit analyses
  • about collective decision-making processes related to efficiency and redistribution
  • about the relationship between the voters’ preferences and policymaking


You should be able to

  • understand and describe collective decision-making processes
  • use analytical and graphical models to analyse consequences on efficiency and redistribution of different types of taxes
  • analyse the consequences of different types of redistribution policies
  • provide critical judgments of claims in the public debate about taxes, government expenditures, efficiency, and inequality

General competence

You should be able to

  • follow economic reasoning related to public economics, for example in the public debate or related to scientific reviews and advises.

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of lectures every week and 2 hours of practical assignments every other week. The course has compulsory activity. Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term papers and/or exercises.

Further on evaluation

In semester when the course is not taught, the examination form may change from written to oral.

Compulsory activity must be completed in the semester the course is taught. The approval also applies to later semesters.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SØK2103 3.7 AUTUMN 2018
SØK2008 3.7 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Science
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Economics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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