Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Germana Giombini Office hour will be online, by appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Political Science, Economics and Government (L-36)
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

This course is designed to provide students with the tools to analyze the problems, choices, and effects of economic policies. The course analyzes the basic theories, models, and problems of macroeconomic policy, with emphasis on fiscal, monetary, exchange rate and balance of payments, growth and employment policies. Special attention is given to the European dimension and the analysis of income and wealth inequality.


  • The foundations of economic policy
  • Economic policy in an imperfect world
  • Fiscal policy
  • Monetary policy
  • International financial integration and currency policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • Labor policies
  • Growth policies
  • Income and wealth distribution, redistributive effects of tax policies and government spending, causes and consequences of inequality.

Bridging Courses

  • Microeconomics/ Political Economy
  • Macroeconomics

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: general knowledge of the theories and operation of economic policies is expected to be acquired.

- Applying knowledge and understanding: the acquisition of the ability to apply general knowledge to the economic policies examined in the course is expected.

- Making judgments: an ability to critically evaluate economic policies is required

- Communication skills: it is required a good ability to expose the knowledge acquired

- Learning skills: development of the ability to learn by combining theories and practices of economic policy is expected

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Lecture slides and targeted individual office hours.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Online lectures, online seminars.
The formation of study teams and the preparation of papers to be presented at the exam may be proposed to the attending students.


It is highly recommended to attend regularly the course.

Course books

A. Bénassy-Quéré, B. Coeuré, P. Jacquet, J. Pisani-Ferry, Politica economica. Teoria e pratica (Seconda Edizione). Bologna, Il Mulino 2019


- all suparagraphs with star;

- the following sections: 

•Chapter 1: 3.1;

•Chapter 2:  1.1, 1.6;

•Chapter 5: 2.4 e 3.1

•Chapter 6:  2.2 sections A, D e F; i 2.3 e 3.2;

•Chapter 7:  2.1, 2.4, 2.5 e 2.6; section B of the paragraph 2.3

•Chapter 8:  sections B and C of the the paragraph 2.2, 2.3 and 3.3

•Chapter 9:  2.3.

• Frameworks 1.1, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.11, 3.5, 3.7, 3.12, 3.13; 4.3, 4.11, 4.12, 4.14, 4.19, 5.3, 6.2, 6.11, 7.13, 9.6, 

Materials provided by the lecturer for topics concerning the distribution of income and wealth.

Erasmus students can request to sit the final exam in English with an alternative bibliography to be defined with the professor.


The examination is based on a one-hour compulsory written test and consists of 5 open questions/exercises.

The open questions aim to ascertain the student's ability to master the concepts covered during the course and to be able to expose their arguments in a clear and limited time, using a rigorous and punctual formal and graphic analysis.

The evaluation criteria are: the level of mastery of theoretical knowledge, of the graphical and mathematical tools used; the degree of articulation of the answer; the degree of appropriateness of the explanation; the degree of accuracy of graphic and formal analysis.

Based on these criteria each theoretical question will be evaluated on a 6-point scale, and each correct answer is worth 6 points. The exam is considered passed if the student brings an evaluation equal to or greater than 18. The vote may be:

- Rejected by the student; the test must be repeated (possible option for once).

- Accepted by the student.

- Accepted with request for integration in the oral test (which can increase or decrease the script rating).

The test results are displayed on the same day or the next day of the test. At the timetable announced during the written exam, students who wish may inspect their proper exam, proceed with registration of the votes for those who accept the vote and take the oral exam for those that require integration.

Student essays will be evaluated for the final marks.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Same program of the attending students.


Same program of the attending students.

Course books

Same program of the attending students.


Same program of the attending students.


Erasmus students can request to sit the final exam in English with an alternative bibliography to be defined with the professor.

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