Higher School of Economics is offering an online course called "Public Economics". This 6-week-long course will commence in April 2014. You can enroll for free.
About the course:
This course will cover main features and dilemmas of government's role and presence in the private sector and the society. Unlike conventional public economic courses that concentrate on taxation and public expenditures, The course will offer a modern multidisciplinary perspective of government as an economic agent.
The course will summarise a vast body of empirical evidence from around the world as to what factors make governments more or less efficient.
Of primary interest will be the agency relations between government and society, i.e. ways and means to ensure government accountability and prevention of the abuse of power. Accordingly you will learn the impact of constitutions and political regimes on government performance. The course will also deal with how the size of government and state capacity affect development, and how those evolve over time.
You will learn the proper scope of government - what programs and services the state should administer itself, and which of those should better be outsourced to private firms - perhaps in the private-public partnership format.
An important theme of the course will be the choice of appropriate tools for government intervention, and in particular - the tradeoff between public regulation, by resolving disputes by courts, and by opting for self-regulation and other private sector mechanisms.
You will also learn the government pathologies, most and foremost corruption and ways and means to keep it under control. The dual role of civil society as an alternative to government and factor of government accountability will be explored.
Leonid Polishchuk will be the course instructor.
The course will have a workload of 6-8 hours of work / week.
It will be taught in English and the subtitles will be available in English.
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