Jean Monnet Module


Public Economics for European Union

Public economics study government policies and interventions and how they affect efficiency and equity. Typical motivations for such interventions are related to the presence of market failures and the need for redistribution: for these reasons, governments can and should be responsible for the provision of public goods, social transfers, taxation and the regulation of markets.

Within the European Union, each member state retains ultimate responsibility for economic policy within the economic and monetary union. This responsibility has to deal with the need a strong coordination of coordination and harmonization between the policies of each country and with the supranational role of several institutions of the European Union. Within such context the country-level government have to deal with several issues related Public Economics as they are still responsible for taxation, provision of public goods and social transfers and intervention in case of market failures. However, given the process of European integration, these aspects of Public Economics must be considered in a different perspective as governments have to make efforts to coordinate and harmonize their policies and to deal with the increasing role of supranational authorities.  There is therefore the need to develop and teach the discipline of Public Economics in a perspective that highlights how this issues should be applied in a context of a union of states in general and of the European Union in particular.

As a matter of facts, the Europe 2020 strategy poses strong emphasis on targets such as growth, employment and poverty reduction and the achievement of this aspects necessarily need a sound analysis from a Public Economic perspective. Moreover, Europe 2020 strategy directly addresses the issue of governance and ask for tighter EU surveillance of economic and fiscal policies as well as additional commitments and coordination between Member States participating in the Euro Plus Pact. The Europe 2020 strategy calls then for the need of more coordination of policies as well as to the increasing role of supranational European institution.

While these coordination and harmonization processes pose a challenge they an also bring significant benefits for the whole institutional system: a contribution to improved management of EU programmes and policies; increased transparency and accountability; enhanced cost-effectiveness of public investments.

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Jean Monnet Seminar on “La Gestione del Debito Pubblico” – Dr. Cecilia Gabbriellini – 24th of March

We are glad to host Dr. Cecilia Gabbriellini, for a Jean Monnet Seminar on “La Gestione del Debito Pubblico” The lecture will take place on the 24th of March...


Public Economics for European Union starts on 1st of March 2017!

We are glad to annouce that The course on Public Economics for European Union starts, for the current accademic year, on the 1st of March 2017. This is the third...


Meeting on Sussidiarietà e… politiche industriali – Rapporto sulla sussidiarietà 2015/2016, 19th of May

We are glad to host on the 19th of May 2016 at 14.45, at the Dipartimento di Economia e Management Aula 4, Via C. Ridolfi 10, Pisa a meeting on: “Sussidiarietà...


Jean Monnet Lecture on “Workplace Employee Representation in Europe” – Prof. Alex Bryson- 13th of April

We are glad to host Prof. Alex Bryson from University College London for a Jean Monnet Lecture on “Workplace Employee Representation in Europe” The...


Jean Monnet Lecture on “Pension Reform and Risk Management” – Prof. Jean Hindriks

We are glad to host Prof. Jean Hindriks for a Jean Monnet Lecture on “Pension Reform and Risk Management” The lecture will take on the 19th of February...