Spring semester 2020/2021
The course aims at providing students with the theoretical foundations of the role of State intervention in market economies, as well as its main implications in terms of efficiency and equity.
In the first part of the course, after an introduction to the basic concepts and results of welfare economics, the most important market failures that justify public intervention, along with the main solutions proposed in the economic literature, are addressed.
The second part of the course is devoted to an economic analysis of taxation. Firstly, an introduction to the principles of taxation is provided. Secondly, the issues of tax efficiency, tax burden and tax shifting will be addressed. Finally, the main configurations of direct and indirect taxation are discussed.
Antonio Scialà is Associate Professor of Public Finance at University Roma Tre (Department of Law), where he teaches Public Finance. He graduated in Statistics and Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, where he achieved a Ph.D. in Economics. During his Ph.D. he has been visiting graduate student at Université Catholique de Louvain, at Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Before the current position, Professor Scialà was Assistant Professor of Public Finance at Roma Tre from 2010 to 2018 and, from 2006 to 2009, at University of Padua (Department of Economics and Management), where he taught Public Finance (undergraduate), Economics of Taxation (undergraduate), and Microeconomics (graduate). In 2008, he was Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge (UK) and, in 2015, Mobile Professor at the Department of Public Finance of the Shandong University at Jinan (China), where he delivered lectures on “Public Finance in Europe”. Professor Scialà’s research interests include fiscal federalism, regulation of public utilities, and taxation of tobacco products. He presented his scientific contributions in several international conferences around the world.