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The Economics of Public Spending


  • Miles, David
    (Imperial College Management School)

  • Myles, Gareth
    (Department of Economics, University of Exeter)

  • Preston, Ian
    (Department of Economics, University College London)


The Economics of Public Spending investigates the extent of government involvement in the economy, details its rational, and traces its historical record. The book unites articles previously published in Fiscal Studies, each one addressing a different area of expenditure and written by an economist specializing in that field. They describe both the data on public expenditure and the theory relevant to understanding the policy issues. A new introduction investigates the overall role of the public sector and discusses the general theory of public expenditure. In providing a detailed analysis of public expenditure, the book makes an important contribution to the economics literature. There are no other texts with this breadth of coverage or depth of analysis. Insights are provided into both the policy issues, cross-country comparisons of expenditure, and alternative approaches to economic analysis. The chapters apply the tools of orthodox public finance, public choice, modern public economics, and game theory to reach a range of policy proposals and conclusions. These demonstrate the range and potential of economic analysis when applied to these important issues. Contributors to this volume - David Miles (Imperial College Management School) Gareth Myles (University of Exeter) Ian Preston (University College London) Carol Propper (University of Bristol; London School of Economics; CEPR) Jayasri Dutta (University of Cambridge) James Sefton (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) Martin Weale (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) James Banks (Institute for Fiscal Studies; University College London) Carl Emmerson (Institute for Fiscal Studies) Bruce D. Meyer (Northwestern University and NBER) Ann Dryden Witte (Wellesley College; NBER) Robert Witt (University of Surrey) Todd Sandler (University of Southern California) James C. Murdoch (University of Texas-Dallas) The late David Pearce (University College London) Charles Palmer (University College London) Clifford Winston (Brookings Institution) Alan Peacock (Honorary Prof., Heriot-Watt University) Paul Stoneman (Warwick Business School)

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  • Miles, David & Myles, Gareth & Preston, Ian (ed.), 2003. "The Economics of Public Spending," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199260331.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199260331

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    1. Mala Lalvani & Brijesh Pazhayathodi & Kumudini Hajra, 2009. "Introducing Expenditure Quality in Intergovernmental Transfers: A Triple-E Framework," Working Papers id:2189, eSocialSciences.
    2. Peter Taylor-Gooby, 2008. "Sociological approaches to risk: strong in analysis but weak in policy influence in recent UK developments," Journal of Risk Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(7), pages 863-876, October.

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