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Economics of the public sector / Joseph E. Stiglitz

Main Author Stiglitz, Joseph E. Country Estados Unidos. Edition 3rd ed Publication New York : W.W Norton & Company, cop. 2000 Description XXIII, 823 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 0-393-96651-8 CDU 336
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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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xix)
  • Part 1 Introduction (p. 3)
  • 1 The Public Sector in a Mixed Economy (p. 3)
  • The Economic Role of Government (p. 4)
  • What or Who is the Government? (p. 12)
  • Thinking Like a Public Sector Economist (p. 14)
  • Disagreements Among Economists (p. 20)
  • Review and Practice (p. 22)
  • 2 The Public Sector in the United States (p. 26)
  • Types of Government Activity (p. 27)
  • Gauging the Size of the Public Sector (p. 39)
  • Government Revenues (p. 43)
  • Deficit Financing (p. 47)
  • Playing Tricks With the Data on Government Activities (p. 47)
  • Review and Practice (p. 50)
  • Part 2 Fundamentals of Welfare Economics (p. 53)
  • 3 Market Efficiency (p. 55)
  • The Invisible Hand of Competitive Markets (p. 55)
  • Welfare Economics and Pareto Efficiency (p. 57)
  • Analyzing Economic Efficiency (p. 63)
  • Review and Practice (p. 73)
  • 4 Market Failure (p. 76)
  • Property Rights and Contract Enforcement (p. 77)
  • Market Failures and the Role of Government (p. 77)
  • Redistribution and Merit Goods (p. 85)
  • Two Perspectives on the Role of Government (p. 88)
  • Review and Practice (p. 90)
  • 5 Efficiency and Equity (p. 93)
  • Efficiency and Distribution Trade-Offs (p. 94)
  • Analyzing Social Choices (p. 94)
  • Social Choices in Practice (p. 104)
  • Three Approaches to Social Choices (p. 114)
  • Review and Practice (p. 117)
  • Appendix Alternative Measures of Inequality (p. 120)
  • The Lorenz Curve (p. 120)
  • The Dalton-Atkinson Measure (p. 122)
  • Part 3 Public Expenditure Theory (p. 125)
  • 6 Public Goods and Publicly Provided Private Goods (p. 127)
  • Public Goods (p. 128)
  • Publicly Provided Private Goods (p. 136)
  • Efficiency Conditions for Public Goods (p. 141)
  • Efficient Government as a Public Good (p. 149)
  • Review and Practice (p. 150)
  • Appendix A The Leftover Curve (p. 152)
  • Appendix B Measuring the Welfare Cost of user Fees (p. 154)
  • 7 Public Choice (p. 156)
  • Public Mechanisms for Allocating Resources (p. 157)
  • Alternatives for Determining Public Goods Expenditures (p. 174)
  • Politics and Economics (p. 177)
  • Review and Practice (p. 182)
  • Appendix New Preference-Revelation Mechanisms (p. 185)
  • 8 Public Production and Bureaucracy (p. 189)
  • Natural Monopoly: Public Production of Private Goods (p. 190)
  • Comparison of Efficiency in the Public and Private Sectors (p. 198)
  • Sources of Inefficiency in the Public Sector (p. 200)
  • Corporatization (p. 206)
  • A Growing Consensus on Government's Role in Production (p. 208)
  • Review and Practice (p. 210)
  • 9 Externalities and the Environment (p. 214)
  • The Problem of Externalities (p. 215)
  • Private Solutions to Externalities (p. 217)
  • Public Sector Solutions to Externalities (p. 223)
  • Protecting the Environment: the Role of Government in Practice (p. 234)
  • Review and Practice (p. 240)
  • Part 4 Expenditure Programs (p. 245)
  • 10 The Analysis of Expenditure Policy (p. 247)
  • Need for Program (p. 248)
  • Market Failures (p. 249)
  • Alternative Forms of Government Intervention (p. 250)
  • The Importance of Particular Design Features (p. 252)
  • Private Sector Responses to Government Programs (p. 253)
  • Efficiency Consequences (p. 254)
  • Distributional Consequences (p. 258)
  • Equity-Efficiency Trade-Offs (p. 264)
  • Public Policy Objectives (p. 266)
  • Political Process (p. 267)
  • Review and Practice (p. 268)
  • 11 Cost-Benefit Analysis (p. 271)
  • Private Cost-Benefit Analysis (p. 272)
  • Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (p. 274)
  • Consumer Surplus and the Decision to Undertake a Project (p. 275)
  • Measuring Non-Monetized Costs and Benefits (p. 278)
  • Shadow Prices and Market Prices (p. 283)
  • Discount Rate for Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (p. 284)
  • The Evaluation of Risk (p. 289)
  • Distributional Considerations (p. 292)
  • Cost Effectiveness (p. 293)
  • Review and Practice (p. 297)
  • 12 Health Care (p. 300)
  • The Health Care System in the United States (p. 304)
  • Rationale For a Role of Government in the Health Care Sector (p. 308)
  • Reforming Health Care (p. 322)
  • Review and Practice (p. 328)
  • 13 Defense and Technology (p. 331)
  • Defense Expenditures (p. 333)
  • Increasing the Efficiency of the Defense Department (p. 338)
  • Defense Conversion (p. 341)
  • Technology (p. 342)
  • Review and Practice (p. 350)
  • 14 Social Insurance (p. 353)
  • The Social Security System (p. 356)
  • Social Security, Private Insurance, and Market Failures (p. 358)
  • Should Social Security be Reformed? (p. 363)
  • Reforming Social Security (p. 374)
  • Review and Practice (p. 381)
  • 15 Welfare Programs and the Redistribution of Income (p. 385)
  • A Brief Description of Major U.S. Welfare Programs (p. 386)
  • Rationale for Government Welfare Programs (p. 391)
  • Analytic Issues (p. 393)
  • Welfare Reform: Integration of Programs (p. 406)
  • The Welfare Reform Bill of 1996 (p. 408)
  • Concluding Remarks (p. 413)
  • Review and Practice (p. 414)
  • 16 Education (p. 420)
  • The Structure of Education in the United States (p. 423)
  • Why is Education Publicly Provided and Publicly Financed? (p. 426)
  • Issues and Controversies in Educational Policy (p. 428)
  • Aid to Higher Education (p. 441)
  • Review and Practice (p. 442)
  • Appendix How Should Public Educational Funds be Allocated? (p. 446)
  • Part 5 Taxation: Theory (p. 449)
  • 17 Introduction to Taxation (p. 451)
  • Background (p. 452)
  • The Five Desirable Characteristics of any Tax System (p. 456)
  • General Framework for Choosing Among Tax Systems (p. 476)
  • Review and Practice (p. 479)
  • 18 Tax Incidence (p. 482)
  • Tax Incidence in Competitive Markets (p. 484)
  • Tax Incidence of Environments Without Perfect Competition (p. 498)
  • Equivalent Taxes (p. 502)
  • Other Factors Affecting Tax Incidence (p. 505)
  • Incidence of Taxes in the United States (p. 510)
  • Review and Practice (p. 514)
  • Appendix Comparison of the Effects of an Ad Valorem and Specific Commodity Tax on a Monopolist (p. 515)
  • 19 Taxation and Economic Efficiency (p. 518)
  • Effect of Taxes Borne by Consumers (p. 519)
  • Quantifying the Distortions (p. 521)
  • Effects of Taxes Borne by Producers (p. 529)
  • Taxation of Savings (p. 532)
  • Taxation of Labor Income (p. 535)
  • Measuring the Effects of Taxes on Labor Supplied (p. 541)
  • Review and Practice (p. 547)
  • 20 Optimal Taxation (p. 550)
  • Two Fallacies of Optimal Taxation (p. 551)
  • Optimal and Pareto Efficient Taxation (p. 552)
  • Differential Taxation (p. 562)
  • Taxes on Producers (p. 567)
  • Review and Practice (p. 571)
  • Appendix A Deriving Ramsey Taxes on Commodities (p. 572)
  • Appendix B Derivation of Ramsey Formula for Linear Demand Schedule (p. 574)
  • 21 Taxation of Capital (p. 577)
  • Should Capital be Taxed? (p. 579)
  • Effects on Savings and Investment (p. 582)
  • Impact on Risk Taking (p. 588)
  • Measuring Changes in Asset Values (p. 592)
  • Review and Practice (p. 601)
  • Part 6 Taxation in the United States (p. 605)
  • 22 The Personal Income Tax (p. 607)
  • Outline of the U.S. Income Tax (p. 608)
  • Principles Behind the U.S. Income Tax (p. 616)
  • Practical Problems in Implementing an Income Tax System (p. 622)
  • Special Treatment of Capital Income (p. 635)
  • Concluding Comments (p. 641)
  • Review and Practice (p. 642)
  • 23 The Corporation Income Tax (p. 645)
  • The Basic Features of the Corporation Income Tax (p. 647)
  • The Incidence of the Corporation Income Tax and its Effect on Efficiency (p. 648)
  • Depreciation (p. 659)
  • Combined Effects of Individual and Corporate Income Tax (p. 661)
  • The Corporation Tax as Economic Policy (p. 670)
  • Taxation of Multinationals (p. 672)
  • Should There be a Corporation Income Tax? (p. 673)
  • Review and Practice (p. 674)
  • 24 A Student's Guide to Tax Avoidance (p. 678)
  • Principles of Tax Avoidance (p. 679)
  • Tax Shelters (p. 684)
  • Tax Reform and Tax Avoidance (p. 687)
  • Equity, Efficiency, and Tax Reform (p. 690)
  • Review and Practice (p. 690)
  • 25 Reform of the Tax System (p. 693)
  • Fairness (p. 695)
  • Efficiency (p. 698)
  • Simplifying the Tax Code and Reducing Administrative Costs (p. 704)
  • Transition Issues and the Politics of Tax Reform (p. 711)
  • Tax Reforms for the Twenty-First Century (p. 714)
  • Review and Practice (p. 722)
  • Part 7 Further Issues (p. 725)
  • 26 Fiscal Federalism (p. 727)
  • The Division of Responsibilities (p. 728)
  • Principles of Fiscal Federalism (p. 732)
  • Production Versus Finance (p. 742)
  • Review and Practice (p. 750)
  • 27 State and Local Taxes and Expenditures (p. 754)
  • Tax Incidence Applied to Local Public Finance (p. 755)
  • Capitalization (p. 758)
  • Public Choice at the Local Level (p. 764)
  • Problems of Multi-Jurisdictional Taxation (p. 768)
  • Review and Practice (p. 769)
  • 28 Deficit Finance (p. 772)
  • The U.S. Deficit Problem Since the 1980s (p. 773)
  • Consequences of Government Deficits (p. 782)
  • Improving the Budgetary Process (p. 787)
  • The Long-Term Problem: Entitlements and the Aged (p. 789)
  • Review and Practice (p. 789)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Joseph Stiglitz is professor of economics at Columbia University.

Influential economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Eugene Stiglitz was born in Gary, Indiana on February 9, 1943. He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1967. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979 and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001.

Stiglitz has taught at Yale University, Stanford University, Duke University, Oxford University, and Princeton University. In 2000, he founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. Stiglitz worked for the Clinton Administration beginning in 1993 and was the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997. For the next three years he served as the World Bank's Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Stiglitz chaired the Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System in 2009.

He has written several hundred articles and many books, including Making Globalization Work and Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy. His title The Price of Inequality made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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