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From 1971 to 1982, researchers at the RAND Corporation devised an experiment to address two key questions in health care financing: how much more medical care will people use if it is provided free of charge? and what are the consequences for their health? This book presents a comprehensive account of the experiment and its findings. It will be an invaluable teaching tool and reference for anyone concerned with health-care policy. less
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Jonathan GruberHealth is the single most important topic in public finance today and this is the single most important book written about health – that’s why I chose it. The book is by Joseph Newhouse, who led the group that designed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. (Source)

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2004 Green Book, Background Material and Data on Programs Within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means, March 2004.  18th edition.  Provides information about Federal assistance programs, including: social security; medicare; supplemental security income; unemployment compensation; railroad retirement; trade adjustment assistance; Aid to Families with Dependent Children; child support enforcement; child care; child protection, foster care and adoption assistance; tax provisions; and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  108th Congress, 2d Session. less
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Jonathan GruberWe have an incredibly complicated set of social welfare programmes in the United States. We sort of know what food stamps are, we sort of know what welfare is and what Medicare does but there’s hundreds of thousands of rules that affect how these programmes are implemented. Those rules are important to understand, as policy makers and students of public finance. To understand the effects of these... (Source)

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To follow the debate over U.S. tax reform, the interested citizen is forced to choose between misleading sound bites and academic treatises. Taxing Ourselves bridges the gap between the two by presenting in clear non-technical language the key issues in U.S. tax reform: who should pay taxes, how taxes affect the economy and whether to reform or replace the current tax system. The authors discuss various alternative proposals in detail, including the flat tax and the sales tax, but they are not advocates for any of them; instead, they provide readers with the knowledge and the tools -... more
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Jonathan GruberJoel Slemrod and Jon Bakija do an excellent job of taking what we know about how taxes affect behaviour and translating it into basic lessons. There are three different kinds of reactions people can have to taxes. There are timing reactions like, “Should I realise my capital gains today or tomorrow?” There are financing reactions like, “Should I get paid in stock options or wages?” And then there... (Source)

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Economics of the Public Sector

Professor Stiglitz builds on the book's classic strengths: an integrated approach to public economics, a readable and inviting style, and careful attention to real-world problems and applications. less
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Jonathan GruberJoe Stiglitz is, of course, a brilliant economist but he’s not just brilliant at solving math equations, he’s really good at abstract thinking and drawing out interesting implications of topics. Joe’s was the first textbook I read which had a lot of really funky footnotes about cool little implications you might not have thought about. It was more like reading a book than a textbook. It’s still a... (Source)

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Losing Ground

Jonathan GruberCharles Murray took the economic concept of moral hazard – the concept that if you reward people for bad behaviour then they behave badly – and turned it into prose. Reading the book moved me a notch to the right. It posed a challenge to liberals – to get more rigorous in our analysis. It showed the simple facts didn’t look so good for us and that we needed to address questions like, “Is welfare... (Source)

Augustine 25@pantspartyjon @sallykohn Yeah. Check out how well black families did prior to LBJ's great society programs. Read Charles Murray's book, Losing Ground for the details. (Source)

David FrumBy 1984, conservatives had won a lot of important arguments about public policy. But there are real problems in the mid 80s for Americans that conservatives don’t have the answers to and one of them is the urban crisis that started in the 50s and 60s and was only getting worse. Welfare dependency was getting worse; there was a new problem of homelessness that was very shocking to people living in... (Source)

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