The group’s research activity focuses on Public Economics, the discipline concerned with the analysis of public intervention in the economy and the instruments used by governments for these purposes (e.g. revenues and expenditures, regulation, publicly-owned companies and so on).
The group is formed by most of the Public Economics teachers and researchers of the University of Zaragoza, including both permanent members of staff and post-graduate students working on their doctoral theses.
The group works on the following main lines of research:
Economic analysis of taxation: normative and positive analysis of taxes based on the principles of equity, efficiency and simplicity.
Economic analysis of public policy: analysis of the alternatives for intervention in order to achieve the goals of the public sector, based on criteria of effectiveness, efficiency and redistributive consequences.
Regional and local public economics: analysis of fiscal decentralization processes and relationships between the different levels of government, focusing particularly on fiscal federalism issues.