The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics

The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics

by Louis Kaplow
     
 

"Louis Kaplow brings innovative ideas to the difficult issues of income taxation and other fiscal instruments. The clarity of his writing and the novelty of his analysis make this book a pleasure to read."—Martin Feldstein, Harvard University

"This clear and insightful examination of income taxation and its link to analyzing other government policies

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"Louis Kaplow brings innovative ideas to the difficult issues of income taxation and other fiscal instruments. The clarity of his writing and the novelty of his analysis make this book a pleasure to read."—Martin Feldstein, Harvard University

"This clear and insightful examination of income taxation and its link to analyzing other government policies will be informative and valuable for students and researchers alike."—Peter Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This rigorous book illuminates current policy issues in government taxation and spending, exposes the logical flaws in many common arguments, and nicely clarifies the interaction between equity and efficiency in taxes and transfers. It will serve well as a text and reference for advanced students of public economics, and it will also reward a close reading by their teachers."—Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan

"Louis Kaplow's Theory of Taxation and Public Economics is a terrific text full of insight and new approaches to examining old issues in public finance. Kaplow, a brilliant economist with a great talent for exposition, looks at things from fresh angles and explains them in new ways."—Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Boston University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148212
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Pt. I Framework

2 An Integrated View 13

3 The Social Objective 35

Pt. II Optimal Taxation

4 Optimal Income Taxation 53

5 Elaboration and Extensions 80

6 Income and Commodity Taxation 122

Pt. III Government Expenditures

7 Transfer Payments 151

8 Goods and Services 179

Pt. IV Additional Aspects of Taxation

9 Taxation of Capital 221

10 Taxation of Transfers 249

11 Taxation and Social Security 275

12 Taxation of Families 315

Pt. V Distributive Justice and Social Welfare

13 Welfare 347

14 Social Welfare Function 370

15 Other Normative Criteria 391

16 Conclusion 407

References 417

Index 455

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