Public Finance and Public Policy

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Macmillan, Dec 21, 2004 - Business & Economics - 718 pages
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In the past twenty years, the field of public finance has undergone a dramatic evolution, with a growing interest in the study of transfer programs and social insurance.  The field has also moved from predominantly theoretic approaches to putting more emphasis on high-quality empirical work, both in the traditional areas of tax and direct spending and in the newer areas of transfer programs and social insurance.   Jonathan Gruber's Public Finance and Public Policy is the first text to acknowledge those changes.  Written specifically with those developments in mind, it brings the realities of contemporary public finance to the classroom in ways no other text can match.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Background 1 Why Study Public Finance?
1
in the United States and Around the World
10
Theoretical Tools of Public Finance
23
Among Single Mothers
35
The TANF Example Continued
52
The Mathematics of Utility Maximization
57
Empirical Tools of Public Finance
59
Observational Data
67
Unemployment Insurance Disability Insurance and Workers Compensation
365
Programs
373
Highlights
388
Advanced QuasiExperimental Analysis
390
Health Economics and Private Health Insurance
393
Providers?
413
Advanced Questions
419
Medicare Medicaid and Health Care Reform
421

Highlights
81
CrossSectional Regression Analysis
83
Tools of Budget Analysis
86
Alternative Approaches
92
Highlights
113
Problems and Solutions
115
Addressing Externalities
132
Highlights
142
Environmental and Health Externalities
144
Has the Clean Air Act Been a Success?
149
Advanced Questions
168
Public Goods
169
Highlights
188
The Mathematics of Public Goods Provision
190
CostBenefit Analysis
193
CostBenefit Analysis
194
Highlights
211
Political Economy
215
Government Failure
237
Questions and Problems
245
State and Local Government Expenditures
247
Highlights
270
Education
273
Questions and Problems
299
The New Function of Government
301
Adverse Selection
308
Questions and Problems
326
Mathematical Models of Expected Utility
328
Social Security
331
Highlights
362
Highlights
449
Income Distribution and Welfare Programs
452
211
470
Advanced Questions
483
Taxation in Theory and Practice 18 Taxation in the United States and Around the World
485
States
489
HaigSimons
501
Questions and Problems
515
Tax Incidence
517
Questions and Problems
543
The Mathematics of Tax Incidence
545
Tax Inefficiencies and Their Implications for Optimal Taxation
547
Programs
572
Highlights
578
The Mathematics of Optimal Taxation
580
Taxes on Labor Supply
585
Labor Supply
600
Taxes on Savings
607
Highlights
630
Taxes on Risk Taking and Wealth
633
Highlights
654
Corporate Taxation
657
Highlights
687
Fundamental Tax Reform
689
Highlights
717
References
733
212
736
215
745
Name Index Nll
746
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About the author (2004)

JONATHAN GRUBER Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, has extensive first-hand research experience in a broad range of topics in health care economics, taxation and redistribution programs. He has taught Contemporary Public Finance at MIT for twelve years and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department, where he worked on tobacco regulation, child care, higher education, public health insurance, global warming, Social Security reform, and welfare and income distribution policy.

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