Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET0057 (AF:359958 AR:188952)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Surnames Lb-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The course is among those characterizing the Degree programme in Economics. The main aim of the course is to provide an overview of the issues concerning the State's intervention in the economy. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical foundations of the economic analysis of government intervention and taxation. The course also provides tools for the economic analysis of the main Italian taxes.
1. Knowledge and comprehension skills:
1.1. understanding the motivations of public intervention in the economy and how the collectivity can take into account objectives of equity and efficiency to make public choices and supply goods and services;
1.2. understanding how public goods and externalities influence the choices of economic agents and tools used by the State to bring the economy back to efficiency;
1.3. understanding the economic effects of taxes;
1.4. understanding the characteristics and the functioning of the main Italian taxes.

2. Applied knowledge and comprehension skills:
2.1. using social choice models to determine the efficiency and equity of public interventions;
2.3. knowing how to identify the degree of progressivity and redistribution of different taxes;
2.4. knowing how to apply and critically evaluate income and consumption taxes.

3. Use of independent judgment:
3.1. to interpret the motivations of public intervention;
3.2. to understand the effects of taxes on agents' economic choices;
3.3. to consider economic issues through analytical methods.
Pre-required mandatory exams: see
1. The public sector in Italy
2. Motivations for public intervention
2.1 Welfare Economics and social choice
2.2 Market failures
2.3 Public goods
2.4 Externalities
3. Public sector revenues
3.1 Taxation theory: general aspects and basic concepts
3.2 Taxation: distributive principles
3.3 Issues in the design of personal income taxation
3.4 Distortionary effects of taxation
3.5 Tax incidence in partial equilibrium analysis
4. The Italian tax system
4.1 National taxes
4.2 Regional and local taxes
- H.S. Rosen - T. Gayer, Scienza delle finanze, McGraw-Hill CREATE CUSTOM PUBLISHING, last edition (EDIZIONE RIDOTTA PER CA' FOSCARI).
The program might be supplemented with handouts during the course available on Moodle.

Suggested readings:
- P. Bosi - M. C. Guerra, I tributi nell'economia italiana, Il Mulino, Bologna, Edizione 2018.
- Autori vari, Evoluzione e riforma dell'intervento pubblico, G. Giappichelli Editore, Torino, 2013.
The exam is written and involves theoretical questions, graphical analyses, and numerical exercises.
The written test held in presence (lasting about 1 hour) consists of 4 questions aimed at verifying the learning of concepts and the ability to apply them to concrete cases.
There is no oral exam.

As long as the exam will be held online due to the COVID-19 emergency, it will last 30-45 minutes.

The course is organized in:
a) lectures,
b) classroom exercises,
c) individual study.
Students are encouraged to attend classes in an active way, reading the chapters of the book before coming to class and doing the exercises (available on the Moodle platform).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 16/05/2022