Intermediate Public Economics / Edition 2

Intermediate Public Economics / Edition 2

by Jean Hindriks, Gareth D. Myles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262018691

ISBN-13: 9780262018692

Pub. Date: 04/30/2013

Publisher: MIT Press

Public economics studies how government taxing and spending activities affect the economy — economic efficiency and the distribution of income and wealth.

This comprehensive text on public economics covers the core topics of market failure and taxation as well as recent developments in both policy and the academic literature. It is unique not only in its

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Public economics studies how government taxing and spending activities affect the economy — economic efficiency and the distribution of income and wealth.

This comprehensive text on public economics covers the core topics of market failure and taxation as well as recent developments in both policy and the academic literature. It is unique not only in its broad scope but in its balance between public finance and public choice and its combination of theory and relevant empirical evidence. The book covers the theory and methodology of public economics; presents a historical and theoretical overview of the public sector; and discusses such topics as departures from efficiency (including imperfect competition and asymmetric information), issues in political economy, equity, taxation, fiscal federalism, and tax competition among independent jurisdictions. Suggestions for further reading, from classic papers to recent research, appear in each chapter, as do exercises. The mathematics has been kept to a minimum without sacrificing intellectual rigor; the book remains analytical rather than discursive. This second edition has been thoroughly updated throughout. It offers new chapters on behavioral economics, limits to redistribution, international taxation, cost-benefit analysis,and the economics of climate policy. Additional exercises have been added and many sections revised in response to advice from readers of the first edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262018692
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
1016
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IPublic economics and economic efficiency1
1An introduction to public economics3
2Equilibrium and efficiency11
IIGovernment47
3Public sector statistics47
4Theories of the public sector73
IIIDepartures from efficiency99
5Public goods101
6Club goods and local public goods143
7Externalities175
8Imperfect competition207
9Asymmetric information251
IVPolitical economy299
10Voting301
11Rent-seeking335
VEquity and distribution367
12Optimality and comparability369
13Inequality and poverty403
VITaxation441
14Commodity taxation443
15Income taxation477
16Tax evasion513
VIIMultiple jurisdictions541
17Fiscal federalism543
18Fiscal competition569
VIIIIssues of time605
19Intertemporal efficiency607
20Social security631
21Economic growth665

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