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Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research

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  • Alan J. Auerbach
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    (University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract

Policymakers are often hard-pressed to understand what economists have to say on policy issues, and scholars and students need to know what the latest research findings are and what questions remain unanswered. Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research presents the work of leading contributors to the public finance literature. The papers were originally presented at a 1996 conference sponsored by the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Although the papers are broad in scope, they are not intended to be neutral, comprehensive surveys of the literature. Instead, authors were encouraged to focus on the issues they thought most important or interesting. The conference confirmed that on some questions there is a broad consensus, and on others there is strong disagreement. Because perspectives differ, after each paper two discussants offer their own views on the subject. More so than in many conference volumes, these comments are an integral part of each presentation. The eight chapters fall into three subject areas: government budget management and control, federal entitlement programs, and attempts to influence private sector behavior through tax code management.

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  • Alan J. Auerbach (ed.), 1997. "Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262011603, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262011603
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    Cited by:

    1. Daniel Castellanos, 2004. "Algunas causas y remedios del déficit presupuestal," Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 22(46-2), pages 358-448, Diciembre.
    2. van de Ven, J., 2001. "Simulating Cohort Demographic Characteristics for Australia," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 779, The University of Melbourne.
    3. van de Ven, J., 2001. "Simulating Cohort Earnings for Australia," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 780, The University of Melbourne.
    4. Bernheim, B. Douglas, 2002. "Taxation and saving," Handbook of Public Economics,in: A. J. Auerbach & M. Feldstein (ed.), Handbook of Public Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 18, pages 1173-1249 Elsevier.

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    Keywords

    fiscal policy; government budget; federal entitlement programs; tax code management;

    JEL classification:

    • A32 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works - - - Collective Volumes
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General

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