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Policy Applications and Principles of Public Finance, International Edition (with InfoTrac® College 2e

ISBN-13: 9781111526986 / ISBN-10: 1111526982

John E. Anderson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2012

Emphasizing policymaking and policy analysis, POLICY APPLICATIONS AND PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC FINANCE, 2E, International Edition uses a variety of applications to deliver modern treatment of everything from overviews and definitions to analysis of advanced topics. The book evenly addresses local, state, and federal issues, and shows you how to use fiscal federalism as a way to analyze public finance and policies. The author also demonstrates the effects of international concerns on domestic public policy, lacing the text with discussions about the IMF, World Bank, Kyoto Protocol, and many other topics that impact all citizens of the world.


  • Updated policy studies throughout the entire textbook: This includes Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Leak; Climate Change; The Kyoto Protocol; State Flood and Earthquake Insurance; International Tax Havens; Medicaid Fraud; Tax Reform Rates; and much more. There are over 25 new or revised policy studies within the textbook.
  • Strategic Game Theory Discussions: Integrated throughout the text, Game Theory models and discussions like a Game Theoretic Motivation for Government and a version of the Beekeeper and the Orchardists help students develop analytical skills and perform better in your course.
  • Special Attention to Corporate Income Taxation: From fundamental issues to examples drawn from recent events, the text puts extra emphasis on the important subject of Corporate Tax, which includes an in-depth look at Enron’s Corporate Tax issues.
  • Unique Policymaking and Policy Analysis Coverage: Unlike any other public finance text on the market, Anderson’s POLICY APPLICATIONS AND PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC FINANCE, 2E, International Edition devotes a full chapter to this topic, giving students a real-world glimpse of how public finance policy is actually made, along with a chapter-closing discussion about careers in the field and ongoing educational opportunities.

1. Economics of the Public Sector.
2. Methods and Measurements in Public Finance.
3. Welfare Economics and Public Goods.
4. Externalities.
5. Income Distribution and Transfer Programs.
6. Collective Decision Making.
7. Benefit-Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation.
8. The Pricing of Public Goods and Services.
9. Social Insurance Programs.
10. The Structure of Taxes.
11. Efficiency Effects of Taxes and Subsidies.
12. Incentive Effects of Taxation.
13. Equity Aspects of Taxes and Expenditures.
14. Income and Payroll Taxes.
15. The Corporate Income Tax.
16. Sales and Excise Taxes.
17. Property Taxes.
18. Deficit Finance, Government Budgets and Borrowing.
19. Multilevel Government Finance.
20. The Economics of Local Governments.
21. Policy Analysis and Policy Making.
Thought-Provoking Policy Studies: Appearing throughout the text and companion websites, this enlightening feature highlights current policy debates to better illustrate chapter content. Topics include the Samaritan’s Dilemma, IRAs, The European Union, Health Insurance Economies of Scale, Food-stamp Trafficking, Preserving Old-growth Forests, Municipal Bond Financing, Racketeering and Smuggling, and many tax-related issues, such as Tax Reform Proposals, Flat Tax, Property Tax and Home Values, and more.
John E. Anderson
John E. Anderson is the Associate Dean and Baird Family Professor of Economics in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was honored with the UNL Distinguished Faculty Award and the UNL Distinguished Teaching Award, among others. His teaching interests focus on Public Finance Microeconomic Theory, while his research interests include tax policy, urban development, housing economics, and fiscal reform transition economics. Widely published, Dr. Anderson’s work has appeared in the National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Housing Economics, and several other publications. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Claremont Graduate School, and his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Western Michigan University.