Handbook of Public Economics

Edited by

  • Alan Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Raj Chetty, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Martin Feldstein, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley, USA

In the Handbook of Public Economics, vol. 5, top scholars provide context and order to new research about mechanisms that underlie both public finance theories and applications. These fundamental subjects follow the recent, steady movement away from rational decision-making and toward more personalized approaches to tax generation and expenditure, especially in terms of the use of psychological methods and financial incentives. Closely scrutinized subjects include new research in empirical (instead of theoretical) public finance, the methods for measuring taxes (both in revenue generation and expenditure), and the roles that taxes play in specific settings, such as emerging economies, urban settings, charitable giving, and among political entities (cities, counties, states, countries). Contributors look at both the "tax" and "expenditure" sides of public finance, emphasizing recent influences that psychology and philosophy have exerted in economics with articles on behavioral finance, charitable giving, and dynamic taxation. To a field enjoying rapid growth, their articles bring context and order, illuminating the mechanisms that underlie both public finance theories and applications.
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Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics and finance.


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53759-1


"The new Handbook is a worthy update to this essential series, covering important modern topics with thoughtful critical surveys written by economists whose research has greatly informed our understanding of these issues.  Reading this book is the most efficient (and pleasurable) way to travel to the frontier of public economics." --Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan

"Again the Handbook provides us, students and established scholars alike, with what we need -- balanced surveys of the frontier of public economics.  Each essay will help to define the pathway to the next advances in our understanding of what governments do, and can do, to improve society's economic performance.  Very valuable."  --Robert Inman, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

1. Charitable Giving-James Andreoni & A. Abigail Payne

2. Taxation and Development-Timothy Besley & Torsten Persson

3. Social Insurance: Connecting Theory to Data- Raj Chetty & Amy Finkelstein

4. Urban Public Finance- Edward L. Glaeser

5. The Theory of International Tax Competition and Coordination-Michael Keen & Kai Konrad

6. Taxation of Intergenerational Transfers and Wealth– Wojciech Kopczuk

7. Optimal Labor Income Taxation- Thomas Piketty & Emmanuel Saez