Applied Microeconomics - Graduate Course

7.5 ECTS-credits
Second Cycle Level 1
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Economics (NAA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Natural Science, 50%
Social Science, 50%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Microdata Analysis2
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Culture and Society, 06 December 2006.
This syllabus is valid from 01 July 2007.

Learning Outcomes

This course provides advanced discussion and examination of applied economics with a specific emphasis on issues related to the welfare state. The student will learn:

- Problems and concepts related to measurements of poverty and inequality
- Central economic arguments regarding provision of health care
- Central economic arguments regarding provision of school education
- Central economic arguments regarding provision of higher education
- Basic differences between a number of countries regarding various welfare state structures or organisations.
- To formulate advanced economic analysis of the welfare state both in terms of efficiency and in terms of distribution
- To analyse political ideologies by using economic theory
- Fundamental knowledge of links between the welfare state and economic growth
- The ability and skills to analyse the incentives for a social insurance system and other public interventions

Course Content

The purpose of the course is to analyse the main elements of the welfare state by using an economic theoretical perspective. A recurring theme is to analyse the economic motives for government intervention in some central markets within a developed economy, such as the health and education markets and the market for old-age pensions. The consequences of such intervention are also analysed both in terms of economic efficiency and economic equality. The course also provides several cross-country comparisons related to different welfare state arrangements.


A written exam and assignments.

Forms of Study

Lectures and work on a set of assignments with both analytical and essay-like features.


The Swedish grades U–VG.


  • Equivalent of a Bachelor degree with a major in economics.

Other Information

There is a maximum of five resit opportunities to take the exam.
Replaces NAD 011, NAD 010, NAD 009, NAD 006.


  • Barr, Nicholas. (2004) The economics of the welfare state. Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press. (408 p). ISBN 0-19-926497-X
    Note: latest edition