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Some Lessons from the New Public Finance

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  • Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Michael J. Boskin

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In the last few years, there has developed a large literature, sometimes referred to as the new "public finance," providing a quantitative analysis of a number of traditional problems within the field. This paper is concerned with surveying, or interpreting, what can be learned from this literature; and our belief is that it has taught us a great deal. We concern ourselves here not so much with the derivation of precise formulae, e.g. for optimal tax rates, but with the more general lessons which have emerged.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0151.

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Date of creation: Oct 1976
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Publication status: published as Boskin, Michael J. and Joseph E. Stiglitz. "Some Lessons from the New Public Finance," The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 67, No. 1, February 1977, pp. 295-301.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:0151

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  1. Baumol, William J & Bradford, David F, 1970. "Optimal Departures from Marginal Cost Pricing," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 60(3), pages 265-83, June.
  2. Atkinson, A. B. & Stiglitz, J. E., 1976. "The design of tax structure: Direct versus indirect taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(1-2), pages 55-75.
  3. Peter A. Diamond & J. A. Mirrlees, 1968. "Optimal Taxation and Public Production," Working papers 22, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
  4. Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1967. "Distribution of Income and Wealth Among Individuals," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 238, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  5. Stiglitz, Joseph E., 1976. "The corporation tax," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 5(3-4), pages 303-311.
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  1. Daniel Feenberg & Elisabeth Coutts, 1993. "An introduction to the TAXSIM model," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(1), pages 189-194.
  2. Pestieau, P., . "The current state and future directions of public finance," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1116, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Albert J. Robinson, 1982. "Tax Expenditures and the MacEachen Budget," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 8(2), pages 248-252, Spring.
  4. Michael J. Boskin & Lawrence J. Lau, 1977. "Taxation and Aggregate Factor Supply: Preliminary Estimates," NBER Working Papers 0221, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Billy Jack, 2003. "Redistributing to the sick: How should health expenditures be integrated into the tax system?," Working Papers gueconwpa~03-03-16, Georgetown University, Department of Economics.

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