Master students that are interested in writing an empirical master thesis have the chance to work with high-quality data at the Chair of Public Finance. The thesis investigates the following research question:

The topic of energy efficiency has been intensively discussed in the context of an effective climate policy for many years. The efficient use of energy is, for example, an important element of the concept for a successful energy transition in Germany. One possible starting point for increasing the energy efficiency of an economy is the replacement of large, energy inefficient electronical appliances used in private households by modern, energy efficient appliances. Countries all over the world have designed respective subsidy programs to move private households to replace large electronical appliances. An empirical evaluation of such subsidy programs could be conducted in a master thesis supervised by the Chair of Public Finance.

The cooperation partner, GfK Nürnberg, provides high-quality panel data on sales of large electronical appliances to private households in multiple countries worldwide. The panel data set allows to empirically evaluate the effects of these subsidies in very detail. For example, it could be examined whether demand effects for appliances of the highest efficiency class are causally attributable to the subsidies and to which extent there occur windfall effects. Possibly the results differ for various countries. In addition, it could be analyzed how the design of subsidies could be optimized to maximize energy saving from the perspective of the economy as a whole.

Students that are interested in this topic should contact Boryana Madzharova.


A list of all courses offered by the chair in the summer term of 2017 can now be found here. As an additional offer to master students, the lecture "Public Economics in Theory and Practice" will be taught for the first time in the upcoming summer term.

Students who want to participate in the master seminar "Public Economics 1" should express their interest by submitting a participation form until 2nd of February to amanda.tuset.cueva@fau.de. Further information as well as the participation form can be found on the website of the Chair for Economic Policy.


This year's Ludwig Erhard Lecture took place on Thursday, the 15th of December 2016 at 18:00. Our guest speaker was Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel, University of Bonn, Member of the Board of Economic Advisors.


The exam review of Macroeconomics: Economic Growth will take place on Friday, the 4th of November 2016 from 10:00 to 10:30 in LG 6.114. Preliminary registration via email (Orlando.Zaddach@fau.de) until Wednesday, the 2nd of November is necessary.


The exam reviews of "Taxation and Labor Supply” (summer term 2016) and “Capital Income Taxation” (summer term 2016, retake) will take place on November 4th, 2016 at 11 am. Students interested in participating please register with Boryana Madzharova (boryana.madzharova@fau.de).


The Board of Economic Advisors at the Federal Ministry of Finance presents his 99th report on the topic "Opportunities and risks of public-private partnerships". Press release (pdf). For the report click here.


Prof. Buettner gave a lecture on "Debt: justification and problems" ("Verschuldung: Rechtfertigung und Problematik") at the Politischen Akademie Tutzing. For lecture notes click here.


Prof. Buettner in an interview with Bloomberg on Brexit and the future relations between EU and UK: click here.


The reviews of the exams Capital Income Taxation (winter semester 2015/2016) and Taxation and Labor Supply (winter semester 2015/2016) take place on 12 April 2016 at 10:15 in Room LG 6.115. To register for the exam review, please send an e-mail to Dr. Boryana Madzharova (boryana.madzharova@fau.de).


The exam review of Macroeconomics: Economic Growth will take place on Tuesday, the 12th of April 2016 from 15:00 to 17:00 in LG 6.114. Preliminary registration via email (Orlando.Zaddach@fau.de) until Wednesday, the 6th of April is necessary.


Brussels workshop on "The Future EU Finances". Project description on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The speech by Prof. Buettner on audio (slides as pdf).


The Chair of Economics, esp. Public Finance is offering a position as student assistant. The application deadline is November 22, 2015. You can find additional Information here.


The first lecture on "Macroeconomics: Economic Growth" takes place on 19.10.2015 at 16:45 in LG 3.152/3. The tutorial takes place Tuesdays at 09:45 in FG (Findelgasse) 2.024, starting 27.10.2015.


The first lecture on "Taxation of Capital Income" takes place on 19.10.2015 at 11:30 in LG 5.154. The tutorial takes place Tuesdays at 15:00 in LG 3.152, starting 27.10.2015.


The Chair of Economics, esp. Public Finance is offering a position as Researcher and Doctoral Candidate. You can find additional Information here.


This year's Ludwig Erhard Lecture will take place 16.12.2014 at 17:00 in Lecture Hall 5 (easyCredit). Our guest speaker will Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt, President of the RWI und hairman of the Board of Economic Advisors.


On 09.12.2014, 18:00-20:00Uhr, the H.C. Recktenwald prize will be awarded to Emmanuel Saez at the Historical City Hall (Wolffscher Bau) in the city of Nuremberg. Further information can be found on the website of the foundation and in the press release.


Students welcome: On 08.12.2014 Emmanuel Saez will hold the H.C. Recktenwald Lecture, scheduled 16:00-18:00, in lecture hall H5 (easyCredit). Saez is this year's winner of the H.C. Recktenwald prize and will talk about „Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States“.


Please note that this summer "Taxation and Labour Supply" will be held by Boryana Madzharova.


Please refer to our German Website to find a presentation (in German language) by Prof. Büttner on government debt levels. You may also follow this link.


Today's lecture of "Capital Income Taxation" has been cancelled, the next lecture will take place on 25.11.2013. The Lecture "Macro II" however, will be held today according to plan.


Please consider participation in the seminar on "Tax Avoidance and Corporate Tax Shelters".


Please find updated information on our curriculum in the teaching section.


A written statement (German language) by Prof. Büttner on fiscal equalization in Germany can be found here.


The first lecture of "Taxation and Labor Supply" will take place on the 22nd of April, the first tutorial will follow April 24th.


Please refer to the Teaching section for our latest class offerings.


Up for summer semester 2012: seminar in Public Finance (Bachelor)
« A new budget for Europe 2020 – the latest mid-term financial framework for the European Union »
(« Ein Haushalt für „Europa 2020“ – Der neue mittelfristige Finanzrahmen der EU »)

We offer an introductory meeting on 18th of April 2012 at 13. 15 in room LG 5.153. You will find more detailed information here (in German).

We are looking forward to your participation.
Prof. Dr. Thiess Büttner and Carolin Holzmann


Exclusive offer for DMSE students: Internships in an Economic work environment.
For the first time in 2012 we can offer exclusive internship opportunities at economic research institutes (DIW, IAB, ifo, ZEW a.s.o.).

Please find additional information at our chair.