Intermediate Public Economics / Edition 1

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Overview

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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"Here, at last, is a text that methodically unites the traditional normative principles of public economics with the recent emphases on positive approaches to government behavior and on imperfect information as a source of both market and government failure. The material is accessible to students and gives a balanced and well-informed view of the field."—RobinBoadway, Queen's University, Canada

" Intermediate Public Economics sets a new standard as a comprehensive text in public economic theory for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It combines clear and concise coverage of traditional topics, such as public goods, the theory of taxation, and externalities, with engaging and up-to-date discussion of more specialized topics such as political economy, fiscal federalism, and the effect of taxation on economic growth."James M. Poterba , Mitsui Professor of Economics, MIT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262083447
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Hindriks is Professor in the Economics Department and Codirector of the Center forOperations Research and Econometrics (CORE) at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Gareth D. Myles is Head of Department and Professor of Economics at the University of Exeter and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is the author of PublicEconomics.

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Table of Contents

I Public economics and economic efficiency 1
1 An introduction to public economics 3
2 Equilibrium and efficiency 11
II Government 47
3 Public sector statistics 47
4 Theories of the public sector 73
III Departures from efficiency 99
5 Public goods 101
6 Club goods and local public goods 143
7 Externalities 175
8 Imperfect competition 207
9 Asymmetric information 251
IV Political economy 299
10 Voting 301
11 Rent-seeking 335
V Equity and distribution 367
12 Optimality and comparability 369
13 Inequality and poverty 403
VI Taxation 441
14 Commodity taxation 443
15 Income taxation 477
16 Tax evasion 513
VII Multiple jurisdictions 541
17 Fiscal federalism 543
18 Fiscal competition 569
VIII Issues of time 605
19 Intertemporal efficiency 607
20 Social security 631
21 Economic growth 665
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