Economics of the Public Sector

ISBN-10: 0393966518
ISBN-13: 9780393966510
Edition: 3rd 2000
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Book details

List price: $110.80
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 848
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

A longtime favorite among teachers and students, Economics of the Public Sector returns to the classroom in a fresh edition that has been fully revised to reflect the latest developments in public policy and economic research. Professor Stiglitz builds on the book's classic strengths: an integrated approach to public economics, a readable and inviting style, and careful attention to real-world problems and applications.

Joseph Stiglitz is professor of economics at Columbia University.

Preface
Introduction
The Public Sector in a Mixed Economy
The Economic Role of Government
What or Who is the Government?
Thinking Like a Public Sector Economist
Disagreements Among Economists
Review and Practice
The Public Sector in the United States
Types of Government Activity
Gauging the Size of the Public Sector
Government Revenues
Deficit Financing
Playing Tricks With the Data on Government Activities
Review and Practice
Fundamentals of Welfare Economics
Market Efficiency
The Invisible Hand of Competitive Markets
Welfare Economics and Pareto Efficiency
Analyzing Economic Efficiency
Review and Practice
Market Failure
Property Rights and Contract Enforcement
Market Failures and the Role of Government
Redistribution and Merit Goods
Two Perspectives on the Role of Government
Review and Practice
Efficiency and Equity
Efficiency and Distribution Trade-Offs
Analyzing Social Choices
Social Choices in Practice
Three Approaches to Social Choices
Review and Practice
Alternative Measures of Inequality
The Lorenz Curve
The Dalton-Atkinson Measure
Public Expenditure Theory
Public Goods and Publicly Provided Private Goods
Public Goods
Publicly Provided Private Goods
Efficiency Conditions for Public Goods
Efficient Government as a Public Good
Review and Practice
The Leftover Curve
Measuring the Welfare Cost of user Fees
Public Choice
Public Mechanisms for Allocating Resources
Alternatives for Determining Public Goods Expenditures
Politics and Economics
Review and Practice
New Preference-Revelation Mechanisms
Public Production and Bureaucracy
Natural Monopoly: Public Production of Private Goods
Comparison of Efficiency in the Public and Private Sectors
Sources of Inefficiency in the Public Sector
Corporatization
A Growing Consensus on Government's Role in Production
Review and Practice
Externalities and the Environment
The Problem of Externalities
Private Solutions to Externalities
Public Sector Solutions to Externalities
Protecting the Environment: the Role of Government in Practice
Review and Practice
Expenditure Programs
The Analysis of Expenditure Policy
Need for Program
Market Failures
Alternative Forms of Government Intervention
The Importance of Particular Design Features
Private Sector Responses to Government Programs
Efficiency Consequences
Distributional Consequences
Equity-Efficiency Trade-Offs
Public Policy Objectives
Political Process
Review and Practice
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Private Cost-Benefit Analysis
Social Cost-Benefit Analysis
Consumer Surplus and the Decision to Undertake a Project
Measuring Non-Monetized Costs and Benefits
Shadow Prices and Market Prices
Discount Rate for Social Cost-Benefit Analysis
The Evaluation of Risk
Distributional Considerations
Cost Effectiveness
Review and Practice
Health Care
The Health Care System in the United States
Rationale For a Role of Government in the Health Care Sector
Reforming Health Care
Review and Practice
Defense and Technology
Defense Expenditures
Increasing the Efficiency of the Defense Department
Defense Conversion
Technology
Review and Practice
Social Insurance
The Social Security System
Social Security, Private Insurance, and Market Failures
Should Social Security be Reformed?
Reforming Social Security
Review and Practice
Welfare Programs and the Redistribution of Income
A Brief Description of Major U.S. Welfare Programs
Rationale for Government Welfare Programs
Analytic Issues
Welfare Reform: Integration of Programs
The Welfare Reform Bill of 1996
Concluding Remarks
Review and Practice
Education
The Structure of Education in the United States
Why is Education Publicly Provided and Publicly Financed?
Issues and Controversies in Educational Policy
Aid to Higher Education
Review and Practice
How Should Public Educational Funds be Allocated?
Taxation: Theory
Introduction to Taxation
Background
The Five Desirable Characteristics of any Tax System
General Framework for Choosing Among Tax Systems
Review and Practice
Tax Incidence
Tax Incidence in Competitive Markets
Tax Incidence of Environments Without Perfect Competition
Equivalent Taxes
Other Factors Affecting Tax Incidence
Incidence of Taxes in the United States
Review and Practice
Comparison of the Effects of an Ad Valorem and Specific Commodity Tax on a Monopolist
Taxation and Economic Efficiency
Effect of Taxes Borne by Consumers
Quantifying the Distortions
Effects of Taxes Borne by Producers
Taxation of Savings
Taxation of Labor Income
Measuring the Effects of Taxes on Labor Supplied
Review and Practice
Optimal Taxation
Two Fallacies of Optimal Taxation
Optimal and Pareto Efficient Taxation
Differential Taxation
Taxes on Producers
Review and Practice
Deriving Ramsey Taxes on Commodities
Derivation of Ramsey Formula for Linear Demand Schedule
Taxation of Capital
Should Capital be Taxed?
Effects on Savings and Investment
Impact on Risk Taking
Measuring Changes in Asset Values
Review and Practice
Taxation in the United States
The Personal Income Tax
Outline of the U.S. Income Tax
Principles Behind the U.S. Income Tax
Practical Problems in Implementing an Income Tax System
Special Treatment of Capital Income
Concluding Comments
Review and Practice
The Corporation Income Tax
The Basic Features of the Corporation Income Tax
The Incidence of the Corporation Income Tax and its Effect on Efficiency
Depreciation
Combined Effects of Individual and Corporate Income Tax
The Corporation Tax as Economic Policy
Taxation of Multinationals
Should There be a Corporation Income Tax?
Review and Practice
A Student's Guide to Tax Avoidance
Principles of Tax Avoidance
Tax Shelters
Tax Reform and Tax Avoidance
Equity, Efficiency, and Tax Reform
Review and Practice
Reform of the Tax System
Fairness
Efficiency
Simplifying the Tax Code and Reducing Administrative Costs
Transition Issues and the Politics of Tax Reform
Tax Reforms for the Twenty-First Century
Review and Practice
Further Issues
Fiscal Federalism
The Division of Responsibilities
Principles of Fiscal Federalism
Production Versus Finance
Review and Practice
State and Local Taxes and Expenditures
Tax Incidence Applied to Local Public Finance
Capitalization
Public Choice at the Local Level
Problems of Multi-Jurisdictional Taxation
Review and Practice
Deficit Finance
The U.S. Deficit Problem Since the 1980s
Consequences of Government Deficits
Improving the Budgetary Process
The Long-Term Problem: Entitlements and the Aged
Review and Practice

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