Undergraduate Programme

Public Economics, Public Administration and Institutions

Course goal

The course aims to analyze the theoretical basis and the (limits of) application of the economic functions (and the fiscal functions, in particular) of the state, towards (regional) economic development. Furthermore, the institutional framework of the European Union, the functions of public administration and the local government in Greece are demonstrated. Upon the completion of the course, the students will be able to understand the limits of the economic operation of the state, the spatial impacts of fiscal functions and the special care that is shown (if any) for the achievement of the regional development target. Also, the function of the main public institutions that implement development policies will be clarified.

Course subject

The course consists of 13 lectures covering the major scientific fields of public economics, public administration and institutions:

Lecture 1: The role of public and private sector in economic life
Lecture 2: State interventionism and optimization by Pareto
Lecture 3: Public goods
Lecture 4: Externalities
Lecture 5: Welfare state
Lecture 6: Public expenditure
Lecture 7: Taxation
Lecture 8: State budget
Lecture 9: Fiscal policy in the EU
Lecture 10: The institutional framework of the EU: Institutions, and decision-making processes
Lecture 11: Fiscal decentralization and organization of local government
Lecture 12: Public administration in Greece
Lecture 13: Local and regional government in Greece


Written examinations at the end of the semester.


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  • Δαλαμάγκας Β. Α. (2010), Εισαγωγή στη Δημόσια Οικονομική, Κριτική (Εύδοξος: 11521)
  • Rosen H. S., Gayer T., Ράπανος Β. Θ. και Καπλάνογλου Γ. (2011), Δημόσια Οικονομική, Κριτική (Εύδοξος: 7648536)