Public Sector Economics

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Randall Holcombe  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
552
Pub.-date
July 2005
ISBN13
9780131450424
ISBN
0131450425
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Description

For courses in Public Finance, Public Economics, Public Sector Economics, and The Economics of Taxation.

 

Holcombe takes a “public choice” approach to public finance and looks at public policy as a product of the democratic decision-making process. 

Features

For courses in Public Finance, Public Economics, Public Sector Economics, and The Economics of Taxation.

 

Holcombe takes a “public choice” approach to public finance and looks at public policy as a product of the democratic decision-making process. 

 

"Do you believe that public policy and government activity should be looked at as a product of the democratic process?"

  • This book attempts to integrate the study of the various aspects of public sector economics by viewing all the government's activities as a product of the democratic decision making process.  Holcombe integrated this theme into the text because he believes 1) A student's understanding of the public sector will be incomplete unless they understand the process in which democratic decision making has created the existing public sector institutions. 2) Unlike the invisible hand of the market (that is a result of human action but not of human design)  the public sector of the economy is the result of human design.  Thus, in a democratic government, every voter plays a part in the process.
      • Examples - (p.  219-220, 236-238, 252-256, 292-293, 341-344) The tax system is examined not only in terms of traditional equity and efficiency criteria but also as a product of the democratic decision-making process.
      • Examples - (p.  119, 354-357, 382-383, 413-414, 457, 467) The analysis of public expenditures is also developed within the context of the public sector decision making process that produces expenditure programs.
      • Examples - (p. 112-117, 121-122, 484-486) - Government regulations and intergovernmental relations are viewed as products of collective decision making and are analyzed the same way.
  • In addition to this interwoven theme, Holcombe also provides a foundation to this public choice approach by dedicating Part III - An Economic Analysis of Democracy to the subject.  Contained within Part III are the following chapters:
      • Chapter 7 - A theory of Collective Action (p. 131)
      • Chapter 8 - Public Sector Demand (p. 154)
      • Chapter 9 - Supply and Demand in Political Markets (p. 175)

*Professors still wishing to teach a more traditional public finance course can skip these chapters, without disrupting the overall flow of the text.


Other Points of Distinction

"Would you like to tie your exposition of economic efficiency and public expenditure theory to property rights?  "

  • Holcombe includes a separate chapter on “Property Rights and Economic Efficiency” lays the foundation for understanding public expenditure theory. 
      • Chapter 3 - Property Rights and Economic Efficiency (p. 47)

 "Would you like to provide a more balanced presentation of market versus government resource allocation?"

  • This text emphasizes the efficiencies of market allocation of resources, in addition to market failure. Specifically, Chapter 5 gives a traditional treatment of public goods, but then also explains how markets can produce public goods,
      • Chapter 5 - Public Goods - "The Argument for Public Sector Production"  (P. 91) and "The Argument for Private Sector Production" (p.93)

"Would you like to dedicate additional time to the study of expenditure on national defense?"

  • This is the only book on the market to devote an entire chapter on national defense, a topic that is of pertinent interest to students and all Americans.
      • Chapter 23 - National Defense (p. 460)

Table of Contents

PART 1. Introduction    

 

1. The Public Sector

2. Principles for Analyzing Government

 

PART 2. Economic Efficiency    

 

3. Property Rights and Economic Efficiency

4. Externalities

5. Public Goods

6. The Economic Role of the State

 

PART 3. An Economic Analysis of Democracy

 

7. A Theory of Collective Action

8. Public Sector Demand

9. Supply and Demand in Political Markets

 

PART 4. Taxation    

 

10. Positive Principles of Taxation

11. Principles of Tax Policy

12. Taxes on Economic Transactions

13. The Taxation of Income

14. Personal Income Taxation in the United States

15. Taxes on Business Income and Wealth

16. The Tax System in the United States

 

PART 5. Government Expenditure Programs    

 

17. The Government Budgeting Process

18. Taxation and Redistribution

19. Government Redistribution Programs

20. Social Security

21. Education

22. Health Care

23. National Defense

24. The Federal System of Government

 

 


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