BKV_VEEK Public Economics

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
26/0/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ing. Petra Dvořáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Ivan Malý, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jiří Špalek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Dagmar Špalková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. JUDr. Ivan Malý, CSc.
Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Sat 29. 2. 12:00–15:50 P101, Sat 14. 3. 12:00–15:50 P101, Sat 28. 3. 8:00–11:50 P101
Only students who did not attend course KVVE can enrol in this course.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course presents an introduction to Public Economics. It deals with that part of national economy which is funded from redistributive processes and which is usually referred to as the Public Sector (PS).
The subject matter is divided into six interrelated blocks: The first block explains the basic concepts, placing special emphasis on the relation between the concepts of the non-profit sector and the public sector. Students should be able to measure the size of the PS.
In the second block, the rationale for the public sector is explored. The objective is to enhance critical and analytical economic-thinking of students here.
The third block is devoted to the fundamentals of public finance as a dominant category. The objective is to understand main principles and issues of public finances in modern economics.
The fourth block introduces the students to the structure of public budget revenues placing special emphasis on taxes. The aim is to understand principles of "good" taxation.
The objective of the fifth block is to learn principles of fiscal federalism.
The final, sixth block has a synthetic nature and the efficiency of the PS is analyzed as a pivotal concept here. To obtain knowledge of measures and tools reducing the natural tendency of PS to inefficiency is the goal here.
Learning outcomes
The absolvents will be able to: * use critical and analytical economic-thinking in evaluation of basic roles of the state and public sector * obtain knowledge of measures and tools reducing the natural tendency of the public sector to inefficiency. *understand principles of "good" taxation and to cope with differences in attitude towards practical issues of a tax policy.
  • 1. Public Sector, Mixed-economy
  • 2. Economic Role of the Government
  • 3. Rationale for Government Incentives, Market failures
  • 4. Spill-over Effects
  • 5. Public Goods
  • 6. Public Choice, Government failures
  • 7. Public Finance
  • 8. Budgetary Systems
  • 9. Budget Deficit, Public Debt
  • 10. Public Expenditures
  • 11. Programme Budgeting, Evaluation of Public Programmes
  • 12. Public Revenues
  • 13. Tax Theory
  • 14. Fairness in Taxation
  • 15. Tax Efficiency
  • 16. Tax System in the Czech Republic
  • 17. Local Finance
  • 18. Public sector Failures
  • 19. Administration and Management of the Public sector
  • 20. Non-for-profit Organizations
    required literature
  • Distanční studijní opora: "Veřejná ekonomie" Malý, I. a kol. 2. aktualizované znění, Brno, 2013
    recommended literature
  • STIGLITZ, Joseph E. Ekonomie veřejného sektoru. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 1997. 661 s. ISBN 8071694541. info
  • MUSGRAVE, Richard Abel and Peggy B. MUSGRAVE. Veřejné finance v teorii a praxi. Translated by Věra Kameníčková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Management Press, 1994. xiv, 946 s. ISBN 80-85603-76-4. info
Teaching methods
Three tutorials, which focuse on explanation of basic fields of public economics. Self-study is emphasised then. Students have an opportunity to evaluate their knowledge in self-correcting on-line tests.
Assessment methods
Students are eligible to take the final exam provided that they fulfill given conditions:
1. they hand in a seminar paper in a given extent and structure within the obligatory date,
2. they successfully pass two (on-line) tests in the IS MU during an obligatory period (student has to achieve at least 50 % of possible points as a sum of both tests). The course is concluded with an oral exam. Student evaluation is based on her/his results from online tests (40 %) and on final exam (60 %).
Important information! If students commit a prohibited act, such as using various forbidden tools, cribbing, taking out any part of the exam or any other cheating, the teacher is allowed to interrupt an exam and to grade a student with F. Dean starts a disciplinary action, that can lead to exclusion. The mentioned procedure relates to all the activities that are included in the final evaluation of the course (seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Přednášky jsou dostupné online a ze záznamu.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: tutorial 12 hodin.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2021.
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