Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research

Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research

by Alan J. Auerbach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262011603

ISBN-13: 9780262011600

Pub. Date: 06/20/1997

Publisher: MIT Press

Policymakers are often hard-pressed to understand what economists have to say on policy issues, and scholars and students need to know what the latest research findings are and what questions remain unanswered. Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research presents the work of leading contributors to the public finance literature. The papers were originally

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Policymakers are often hard-pressed to understand what economists have to say on policy issues, and scholars and students need to know what the latest research findings are and what questions remain unanswered. Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research presents the work of leading contributors to the public finance literature. The papers were originally presented at a 1996 conference sponsored by the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at the
University of California, Berkeley.Although the papers are broad in scope, they are not intended to be neutral, comprehensive surveys of the literature. Instead,
authors were encouraged to focus on the issues they thought most important or interesting. The conference confirmed that on some questions there is a broad consensus, and on others there is strong disagreement. Because perspectives differ,
after each paper two discussants offer their own views on the subject. More so than in many conference volumes, these comments are an integral part of each presentation.The eight chapters fall into three subject areas: government budget management and control, federal entitlement programs, and attempts to influence private sector behavior through tax code management.Contributors : Henry J. Aaron,
B. Douglas Bernheim, David M. Cutler, Nada Eissa, Jeffrey Frankel, William G. Gale,
Roger H. Gordon, Edward M. Gramlich, Bronwyn H. Hall, Kevin A. Hassett, James R.
Hines, Jr., Hilary Williamson Hoynes, R. Glenn Hubbard, Robert P. Inman, Laurence J.
Kotlikoff, Robert A. Moffitt, Joseph P. Newhouse, James M. Poterba, John M. Quigley,
Robert D. Reischauer, David Romer, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, John B. Shoven, Jonathan S.
Skinner, Joel Slemrod, John B. Taylor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262011600
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/20/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
487
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
1Introduction1
2Federalism as a Device for Reducing the Budget of the Central Government7
Comment41
Comment49
3Do Budget Rules Work?53
Comment87
Comment97
4Work, Welfare, and Family Structure: What Have We Learned?101
Comment147
Comment153
5Public Policy for Health Care159
Comment199
Comment207
6Privatizing Social Security in the United States: Why and How213
Comment249
Comment255
7Rethinking Saving Incentives259
Comment313
Comment331
8Tax Policy and Investment339
Comment387
Comment397
9Tax Policy and the Activities of Multinational Corporations401
Comment447
Comment453
Index459

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