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Volume 5. Handbook of Public Economics

Published: 25th June 2013 Editors: Alan Auerbach Raj Chetty Martin Feldstein Emmanuel Saez

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.

Additional volumes


Volume 4. Handbook of Public Economics

Published: 21st October 2002 Editors: A.J. Auerbach M. Feldstein

Volume 3. Handbook of Public Economics

Published: 25th January 2002 Editors: Martin Feldstein A.J. Auerbach

Volume 2. Handbook of Public Economics

Published: 1st December 1987 Editors: M. Feldstein A.J. Auerbach

Volume 1. Handbook of Public Economics

Published: 1st August 1985 Editors: Martin Feldstein A.J. Auerbach