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In the Handbook of Public Economics, vol. 5, top scholars provide context and order to new research about mechanisms that underlie both public finance theories and applications. These fundamental subjects follow the recent, steady movement away from rational decision-making and toward more personalized approaches to tax generation and expenditure, especially in terms of the use of psychological methods and financial incentives. Closely scrutinized subjects include new research in empirical (instead of ...

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Overview

In the Handbook of Public Economics, vol. 5, top scholars provide context and order to new research about mechanisms that underlie both public finance theories and applications. These fundamental subjects follow the recent, steady movement away from rational decision-making and toward more personalized approaches to tax generation and expenditure, especially in terms of the use of psychological methods and financial incentives. Closely scrutinized subjects include new research in empirical (instead of theoretical) public finance, the methods for measuring taxes (both in revenue generation and expenditure), and the roles that taxes play in specific settings, such as emerging economies, urban settings, charitable giving, and among political entities (cities, counties, states, countries). Contributors look at both the "tax" and "expenditure" sides of public finance, emphasizing recent influences that psychology and philosophy have exerted in economics with articles on behavioral finance, charitable giving, and dynamic taxation. To a field enjoying rapid growth, their articles bring context and order, illuminating the mechanisms that underlie both public finance theories and applications.



  • Editor Raj Chetty is the recipient of the 2013 John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association
  • Focuses on new approaches to both revenue generation and expenditures in public finance
  • Presents coherent summaries of subjects in public economics that stretch from methodologies to applications
  • Makes details about public economics accessible to scholars in fields outside economics

The publication of volumes 3 and 4 of the Handbook of Public Economics affords us several opportunities: to address lacunae in the original two volumes of this series, to revisit topics on which there has been substantial new research, and to address topics that have grown in importance. Indeed, many of the papers individually encompass all three of these elements. For each chapter relates to one from an earlier volume, the new contribution is free standing, written with the knowledge that the reader retains the opportunity to review the earlier chapter to compare perspectives and consider material that the current author has chosen not to cover. Indeed, such comparisons illuminate the evolution of the field during the two decades that have elapsed since work first began on the chapters in volume 1. Taken together, the four volumes offer a comprehensive review of research in public economics over the past few decades, written by many of the field's leading researchers.

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This outstanding work will interest not only teachers and students in the United States but economists all over the world. It is not only a massive handbook but an encyclopaedia of the current trends and information in the field.

International Review of Administrative Sciences
Overall, this volume undoubtedly fulfills the intentions of the editors. Any student, and many lecturers, will be glad to have such comprehensive surveys in one volume. ... for anyone interested in the directions in which current thinking in public economics may be pointing, this is an invaluable compilation.

Journal of Public Policy
... on the whole the Handbook is extremely accessible: many of the chapters could be put as starred references on advanced undergraduate and graduate reading lists.

The Economic Journal
... an extremely valuable and convenient series of surveys of the state of the theoretical literature on public economics in the mid-1980s.

Economic Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444537607
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Series: Handbooks in Economics, #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

1. Charitable Giving-James Andreoni & A. Abigail Payne

2. Taxation and Development-Timothy Besley & Torsten Persson

3. Social Insurance: Connecting Theory to Data- Raj Chetty & Amy Finkelstein

4. Urban Public Finance- Edward L. Glaeser

5. The Theory of International Tax Competition and Coordination-Michael Keen & Kai Konrad

6. Taxation of Intergenerational Transfers and Wealth– Wojciech Kopczuk

7. Optimal Labor Income Taxation- Thomas Piketty & Emmanuel Saez

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