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Seminar: Public Economics

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Prof. Dr. Christian Hagist
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
This seminar introduces current international social and political economic issues. A superordinate topic is going to be highlighted from an economic perspective such as fake news, digital tax or the climate crisis. Participants are going to analyze a topic interdisciplinary within the scope of a scientific seminar paper and thus learn the basics of scientific work and critical discussion as a training for the final bachelor thesis.
Date Time
Wednesday, 15.01.2020 15:30 - 17:00
Tuesday, 04.02.2020 11:30 - 20:30
Fiscal rules in times of low interest ratesUbide, Ángel. “Fiscal Policy at the Zero Lower Bound.” Intereconomics, vol. 54, no. 5, 2019, pp. 279–285., doi:10.1007/s10272-019-0839-7.The gender pay gap in GermanyFuchs, Michaela, et al. “Why Do Women Earn More than Men in Some Regions? Explaining Regional Differences in the Gender Pay Gap in Germany.” IAB-Discussion Paper. vol. 11, 2019, pp. 7–39, ISSN 2195-2663.Ethical and economic consequences of the Chinese social credit systemFan Liang , Vishnupriya Das, Nadiya Kostyuk, and Muzammil M. Hussain. Constructing a Data-Driven Society: China’s Social Credit System as a State Surveillance Infrastructure. Policy & Internet, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2018, doi: 10.1002/poi3.183.Social media and political discourse – a market for fake newsSpohr, Dominic. Fake news and ideological polarization: Filter bubbles and selective exposure on social media. Business Information Review. 2017, Vol. 34(3) 150–160. DOI: 10.1177/0266382117722446Employment and digitization – future economic and social consequencesHirsch-Kreinsen, Hartmut. Digitization of industrial work: development paths and prospects. J Labour Market Res (2016) 49:1–14. DOI 10.1007/s12651-016-0200-6Is austerity responsible for populism?Becker, Sascha O, et al. “Who Voted for Brexit? A Comprehensive District-Level Analysis.” Economic Policy, vol. 32, no. 92, 2017, pp. 601–650., doi:10.1093/epolic/eix012.The economic consequences of a digital tax on Google, Facebook and AmazonCorkery, Jim; Forder, Jay; Svantesson, Dan; and Mercuri, Enrico (2013) "Taxes, the Internet and the Digital Economy," Revenue Law. Journal: Vol. 23 : Iss. 1 , Article 7.Internet giants like Facebook as natural monopolies – intervention and state regulation possibilitiesCrandall, R.W. Rev Ind Organ. The Dubious Antitrust Argument for Breaking Up the Internet Giants. 2019. 54: 627. doi.org/10.1007/s11151-019-09680-yHow to solve the climate crisis from a public economics perspectiveŠtreimikienė, Dalia, Bubnienė, Ruta. The Impact of Carbon Tax on Greenhouse Gases Emission Reduction and Economy. ISSN 1392-2785 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS. 2005. No 1 (41). economics of engineering decisions.Increasing the retirement age – fair or unfair?Makarski, Krzysztof, and Joanna Tyrowicz. “On Welfare Effects of Increasing Retirement Age.” Journal of Policy Modeling, vol. 41, no. 4, 2019, pp. 718–746., doi:10.1016/j.jpolmod.2018.11.002.
Presentation 20%, Written Assignment 80%
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