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DESU Magistère Ingénieur EconomisteUE Public economics I


The objective of this course is to study the role of state in the economy. It is designed to provide students with a broad overview of issues investigated in public economics.

We will review the rational foundations of public intervention and explore some of the tools used by government to act : taxes and transfers, the provision of public goods, or the design of welfare schemes.

Course overview :

1 – Introduction and foundations of public intervention

2 – Social choice

3 – Public goods

4 – Externalities

5 –Taxation

Professional skills

To understand the rationale of public action and the trade-offs faced by any public policy. To be able to apply economic analysis tools to public action.

Language used

Main language used by this course: Anglais et Français.


  • Intermediate Public Economics, by J. Hindriks and G.D. Myles - The MIT Press
  • Public Economics, by G.D. Myles - Cambridge University Press
  • Lectures on Public Economics, by A.B. Atkinson and J.E. Stiglitz - McGraw-Hill
  • The Economics of Taxation, by B. Salanié - The MIT Press

Recommended prerequisites

Microeconomic theory.

Structure and organisation