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New Thesis in Economics: Design of Public Policies and Regulations

News: Jun 26, 2019

In his thesis, economist Maksym Khomenko at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, has studied the design government policies, such as the Swedish unemployment insurance.

Government policies intervene in many areas of economic and social environment. Most often the aim is to address market failures that hinder efficiency or lead to undesirable socioeconomic outcomes. However, it is important to ensure that those policies achieve the desired outcomes without causing large distortions themselves. Maksym Khomenko's dissertation focuses on studying the design of government policies and market regulations given these trade-offs. Three chapters are dedicated to different government programs or regulations. 

Maksym Khomenko has studied the design of Swedish unemployment insurance in which individuals are allowed to choose if and when they want to be insured. In another paper, he analyzed bequest taxation taking into account multiple distortions as a result of the tax using the case of the Swedish inheritance taxation. In the final chapter of his thesis, Maksym Khomenko studied the role of financial regulations in college markets using the setup of Australian college admission system.

Maksym Khomenko defends his thesis Essays on the Design of Public Policies and Regulations at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 27 June 2019.


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