Public Economics

7.5 credits

Public economics is the study of the role of government in the economy. Modern governments collect up to 50% of national income in taxes. These taxes are used to finance public expenditures, such as health care and education, and to redistribute

income. In this course we highlight, on the one hand, the role of government in supporting the provision of public and private goods and correcting market failures, and on the other hand, the discouraging effects of government intervention on economic activity. The scope ranges from basic theory to issues on the political agenda in Sweden and elsewhere.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.