Economic Policy (2013/2014)

Course code
Carlo Federico Perali
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
lezione 7 secondo semestre Carlo Federico Perali
esercitazione 2 secondo semestre Martina Menon

Lesson timetable

secondo semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
lezione Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall B  
lezione Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall B  
lezione Thursday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall B  
lezione Friday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall B  

Learning outcomes

Students are introduced to the theory of welfare economics that is the core of the political economy models of general equilibrium used for the ex ante and ex post evaluation of public policies. The study material is proposed in a rigorous and analytical fashion with the students' involvement in exercise activities favoring a non-mnemonic learning by doing process.


The course is organized in two modules. The topics developed in the first module examine the equity and efficiency aspects of markets under competitive conditions and in presence of failures under a liberist point of view. These notions are used in the second module devoted to economic policies regarding aspects such as market liberalization, lobbying in political institutions, the labor market reform, access to education and merit, fiscal pressure and management of public expenditure, market regulations and the provision of welfare at the local level.

Reference texts

Magnani, R. e F. Perali Laboratorio di Politica Economica. Benessere, Equilibrio Generale e Sviluppo Economico. Appunti.

Acocella, N. (2002) Economia del benessere. La logica della politica economica. Carocci Editore.
Acocella, N. (2006) Fondamenti di Politica Economica. Carocci Editore.
Acocella, N. (2009) Le politiche microeconomiche.Carocci Editore.
Campiglio, L. (1997) Mercato, Prezzi e Politica Economica. Il Mulino.

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam