Public Finance: A Normative Theory

Hardcover | May 8, 2002

byRichard W. TreschEditorRichard W. Tresch

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Featuring a general equilibrium framework that is both cohesive and versatile, the Second Edition of Public Finance: A Normative Theory brings new and updated information to this classic text. Through its concentration on the microeconomic theory of the public sector in the context of capitalist market economics it addresses the subjects traditionally at the heart of public sector economics, including public good theory, theory of taxation, welfare analysis, externalities, tax incidence, cost benefit analysis, and fiscal federalism. Its goal of providing a foundation, rather than attempting to present the most recent scholarship in detail, makes this Second Edition both a valuable text and a resource for professionals. * Second edition provides new and updated information* Focuses on the heart of public sector economics, including public expenditure theory and policy, tax theory and policy, cost benefit-analysis, and fiscal federalism* Features a cohesive and versatile general equilibrium framework

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Featuring a general equilibrium framework that is both cohesive and versatile, the Second Edition of Public Finance: A Normative Theory brings new and updated information to this classic text. Through its concentration on the microeconomic theory of the public sector in the context of capitalist market economics it addresses the subjec...

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"This volume offers a detailed introduction to theoretical work on many of the core issues in contemporary public economics. Careful and comprehensive, it will provide readers with an ideal springboard to further research."--James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology"This is the book teachers...

Professor Richard W. Tresch earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1965 and a doctorate in economics in 1973 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a teaching assistant prior to his arrival at Boston College. He joined the Boston College faculty in 1969 and throughout his 43-year career has served as Chai...

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction: The Content and Methodology of Public Sector Theory
Introduction to Normative Public Sector Theory
A General Equilibrium Model for Public Sector Analysis
First-Best and Second-Best Analysis and the Political Economy of Public Sector Economics
Part II: The Theory of Public Expenditures and Taxation: First-Best Analysis
The Social Welfare Function in Policy Analysis
The Problem of Externalities: An Overview
Consumption Externalities
Production Externalities
The US Anti-Pollution Policies: An Application of Externality Theory
The Theory of Decreasing Cost Production
The First-Best Theory of Taxation
Applying First-Best Principles of Taxation: What to Tax and How
Part III: The Theory of Public Expenditures and Taxation: Second-Best Analysis
Introduction to Second-Best Analysis
The Second-Best Theory of Taxation in One-Consumer Economies with Linear Production Technology
The Second-Best Theory of Taxation with General Production Technologies and Many Consumers
Taxation under Asymmetric Information
The Theory and Measurement of Tax Incidence
Expenditure Incidence and Economy-Wide Incidence Studies
The Second-Best Theory of Public Expenditures--Overview
Transfer Payments and Private Information
Externalities in a Second-Best Environment
Decreasing Costs and the Theory of the Second Best--the Boiteux Problem
General Production Rules in a Second-Best Environment
Part IV: Cost-Benefit Analysis
Introduction--the Issues of Cost-Benefit Analysis
The Rate of Discount for Public Investments
Uncertainty and the Arrow-Lind Problem
Measurement Problems in Cost-Benefit Analysis
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"...a detailed introduction to theoretical work on many of the core issues in contemporary public economics. Careful and comprehensive, it will provide readers with an ideal springboard to further research."James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA"... outstanding in the breadth of its coverage, in the quality of exposition, and in the balance between theory and policy... especially good at melding newer approaches to the normative study of the public sector with traditional ones."Robin Boadway, Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada"I have hoped for years that Richard Tresch would revise his Public Finance text. This volume is well worth the wait. It is comprehensive, up-to-date, and very clearly written. It is a natural reading for a graduate course in public finance. It will also serve as a fine reference for specialists in the field."Harvey Rosen, Department of Economics, Princeton University, Princeton, USA