Handbook of Public Economics

Edited by

  • Martin Feldstein, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • A.J. Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

The first volume of the Handbook of Public Economics contains eight essays on various topics in Public Economics by international leaders in the field. It begins with an historical perspective on the growth of the area as a whole, and subsequent essays focus on the theory and evidence about the impact of taxation on economic behavior. The material presents an up-to-date survey of the field of public economics by those actually doing work on the frontier of the subject, and is written in a manner that renders it useful to the public finance specialist, whilst remaining understandable for the student and non-specialist.
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Book information

  • Published: August 1985
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-87612-6

Reviews

... an extremely valuable and convenient series of surveys of the state of the theoretical literature on public economics in the mid-1980's.
Economic Record



Table of Contents

Introduction (A. Auerbach, M. Feldstein). A brief history of fiscal doctrine (R.A. Musgrave). The theory of excess burden and optimal taxation (A.J. Auerbach). Public sector pricing (D. Bos). Taxes and labor supply (J.A. Hausman). The effects of taxation on savings and risk-taking (A. Sandmo). Tax policy in open economies (A. Dixit). Housing subsidies: Effects on housing decisions, efficiency and equity (H.S. Rosen). The taxation of natural resources (T. Heaps and J.F. Helliwell).