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Advances in Public Economics

Boadway, Robin, Raj, Baldev (Eds.)

2000, VIII, 171 p.

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Thisbookisacollectionofeightpapersthatwerepublished in aspecial symposium issueofEmpirical Economicsdur­ ing 1999. These papers cover several areasofinterest in contemporary public economics, including tax incidence, underground economy, welfare system, fiscal federalism, public infrastructure and the growth of government. The contributionsutilizeavarietyofquantitativetoolsofanaly­ sis,includingappliedeconometrics,appliedgeneralequilib­ rium modeling analysis, technical efficiency analysis and institutional analysis. The introductory essay in the book summarizes the contributionsofapplied public economics papers inthisbookandplacesthem inabroadercontextof modempublicfinanceeconomictheory.Theobjectiveofthe bookistomaketheseessaysavailableinaconvenientform toscholarsandstudentsengaged inresearchonpublic pol­ icytopicsaswell astoinstructorsofcoursesinpubliceco­ nomics, both undergraduate and graduate. A briefmotiva­ tionforthebookisgivenbelow. Thestudyofpubliceconomicshasexperiencedanumber of dramatic changes during the past two decades. These changes have revolutionized, in a fundamental way, the subjectofpublic economics. This is due largely to several majordevelopments ineconomictheory,includingtheroles ofinformation theory and game theory along with its de­ rivative theories, such as designofinstitutions as well as inter-temporal analysis. These economic theory develop­ ments have altered in a fundamental way the way econo­ mists and policy analysts perceive the roleofgovernment. Alsothesedevelopmentshavecalledintoquestiontheabil­ ityofgovernmentstocarryoutsomeofitstraditionaltasks, particularly the efficient design of redistribution and tax systems. The theoretical research in public economics has contributedtothedevelopmentofnew instrumentsand ap­ proaches to tackle problemsofeconomic policy in a more effectivemanner.Giventhattheevaluationofpolicyoptions requiresasoundunderstandingofboththenatureandmag­ nitudeofeconomic,behaviouralandinstitutionalconstraints Preface VI thatarefaced bygovernments,there isaneedforempirical analysisofunderlyingpolicyquestionsandissues. Thiscollectionofessays on empirical finance indicates thatempiricalassessmentispossibleusingarichanddiverse setofempirical approaches. The various papers exemplify someofthevarioustechniquesthatcan beused byapplied researchersforsheddinglightonthequestionsofinterestin appliedpublicfinanceanditsapplications.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Empirical Economics - Finanzwissenschaft - Public Economic Theory - Public Economics - empirische Ökonomie - tax reform - öffentlicher Sektor

Related subjects » Public Finance

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Introduction and Overview: R. Boadway, B. Raj: Contemporary Issues in Empirical Public Finance.- Economics of Public Programs: R. Haveman, K. Holden, B. Wolfe, P. Smith, K. Wilson: The Changing Economic Status of U.S. Disabled Men: Trends and Their Determinants, 1982-1991.- K. Bhattarai, J. Whalley: The Role of Labour Demand Elasticities in Tax Incidence Analysis with Heterogeneous Labour.- Tax Leakages and Efficiency: D.E.A. Giles: Modelling the Hidden Economy and the Tax-Gap in New Zealand.- R. Jha, M.S. Mohanty, S. Chatterjee, P. Chitkara: Tax Efficiency in Selected Indian States.- Do Governments Act in the Interest of Their Constituents? S.M. Sheffrin: Tax Reforms and the Growth of Government.- T. Doi: Empirics of the Median Voter Hypothesis in Japan.- Optimality of the Public Capital Stock: J. Nemoto, K. Kamada, M. Kawamura: Estimates of Optimal Public Capital Stocks in Japan Using a Public Investment Discount Rate Framework.- R.G. Batina: On the Long Run Effect of Public Capital on Aggregate Output: Estimation and Sensitivity Analysis.

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