114-0342/02 – The Economics of Public Choice (EVV)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of EconomicsCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Janků, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Janků, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
GRE0018 Ing. Jiří Gregor, Ph.D.
JAW127 doc. Ing. Jan Janků, Ph.D.
KON0310 Ing. Vojtěch Koňařík
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Nutno doplnit, nutno dopnit

Teaching methods



Compulsory literature:

HILLMAN, Arye L. Public finance and public policy: responsibilities and limitations of government. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0521738057.

Recommended literature:

PERSSON, Torsten a Guido TABELLINI. 2000. Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000. ISBN 0-262-16195-8.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Written exam


Studijní opory TpB: https://lms.vsb.cz/course/view.php?id=72610

Other requirements

As part of the seminar, the student must write an essay on a given topic in the area of public choice theory


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1) Introduction to public choice theory - The basic foundations of public choice theory - Schools of public choice theory 2) The role of government in the economy - Allocative inefficiency and market failure - Effect of government on economic activity, size and efficiency of government 3) Elections and Electoral Systems (I) - Classical, non-classical and economic theories of democracy - Rational Choice Theory in public choice, rational ignorance and rational irrationality 4) Elections and Electoral Systems (II) - Social Choice Theory in Public Choice - Voting rules and alternative decision-making mechanisms 5) Political-economic cycle - Political-economic cycles and their macroeconomic consequences 6) Political-budget cycle - Political-budget cycles, inferior effects of budget deficits and government debt 7) Lobbying, interest groups and rent-seeking - Lobbying and interest groups, the logic of collective action - Politics as a mode of redistribution, economic theory of regulation 8) Theory of Bureaucracy - Traditional and economic theory of bureaucracy - Rational behaviour of bureaucracy, legislative control of bureaucracy 9) Constitutional political economy - Social contracts - Constitutional reforms 10) Alternative approaches to the role of the state (I) - Dictatorship and democracy 11) Alternative Approaches to the Role of the State (II) - The Austrian School and anarcho-capitalism 12) Behavioral to public choice theory - Behavioral approaches, the role of irrationality in public policy making 13) Experimental approaches to the study of public choice - Experiment (Economic Classroom Experiment)

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Examination Examination 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: it is not defined

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (N0312A050001) Public Economics and Administration P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2019/2020 (N0312A050001) Public Economics and Administration P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner

Assessment of instruction

2020/2021 Winter
2019/2020 Winter