Modern Public Economics

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Modern Public Economics covers this popular subject area in an accessible and user-friendly way. It provides a theoretical approach to the analysis of public economics. Topics are coherently explored and include welfare economics, taxation theory, applied problems in

public economics and fiscal federalism. All results are explicitly derived, making analysis of topics much clearer for students. The book also interweaves topics from the frontiers of research, giving students a basis from which to participate in contemporary discussions. This book will

be of great use to advanced undergraduates and also postgraduates in public economics.

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Jha (economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay, India) develops the foundations of public economics and explores research being done at the frontiers. Coverage includes classical theorems of welfare economics; the theory of public expenditure; the effects of taxation on savings, labor supply, investment and risk-taking; commodity, income and expenditure taxation; public sector pricing and cost-benefit analysis; and fiscal federalism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415143141
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/22/1998
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Raghbendra Jha is Professor of Economics at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Welfare economies
1 A quick primer on consumer demand 5
2 Perfect competition and Pareto optimality 21
3 Forms of the social welfare function 47
Pt. II The theory of public expenditure
4 External effects and the market mechanism 73
5 The theory of pure public goods 89
6 Topics in the theory of public goods 114
Pt. III The theory of taxation
7 The effects of taxes on savings 149
8 Taxation and labor supply 177
9 The effects of taxes on investment behavior 199
10 Taxation and risk taking 224
11 The theory of tax incidence 239
12 Tax incidence in dynamic models 261
13 Some results in commodity taxation 292
14 Aspects of income taxation 312
15 Topics in the theory of taxation 341
16 Tax reform 366
Pt. IV Applied problems in public economics
17 Pricing in the public sector 391
18 International aspects of taxation 424
19 Cost-benefit analysis 443
Pt. V Fiscal Federalism
20 Issues in fiscal federalism 463
21 Grants and taxes in federal countries 484
Problems 508
Bibliography 521
Name index 550
Subject index 554
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