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Ten Rules for Public Economic Policy

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  • Yew-Kwang NG

    (Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, 14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637332.)

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This paper discusses ten simple rules for the formulation of public economic policies efficiently, using both old wisdom and recent results. The ten rules are: Using the Invisible Hand; Provision of Essential Public Goods; Reducing Excessive Inequalities Efficiently; Adopt Free Trade and Eliminate Administrative and Collusive Monopolies; Provide Useful Information and Regulation; Raise Taxes Efficiently; Mitigate against Excessive Market Fluctuations; Undertake Public Projects Efficiently; Soft Paternalism; Happiness-Oriented Objectives. Justifications and qualifications are discussed.

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  • Yew-Kwang NG, 2017. "Ten Rules for Public Economic Policy," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1703, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
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