Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research

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Overview

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.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262011600
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Federalism as a Device for Reducing the Budget of the Central Government 7
Comment 41
Comment 49
3 Do Budget Rules Work? 53
Comment 87
Comment 97
4 Work, Welfare, and Family Structure: What Have We Learned? 101
Comment 147
Comment 153
5 Public Policy for Health Care 159
Comment 199
Comment 207
6 Privatizing Social Security in the United States: Why and How 213
Comment 249
Comment 255
7 Rethinking Saving Incentives 259
Comment 313
Comment 331
8 Tax Policy and Investment 339
Comment 387
Comment 397
9 Tax Policy and the Activities of Multinational Corporations 401
Comment 447
Comment 453
Index 459
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