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The Foundations of Economic Policy By Nicola Acocella (Universita degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata')

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The persistence of market failures and the full range of issues connected to public intervention and regulation, presented in impressive scope with coverage in both technical and intuitive terms.
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The Foundations of Economic Policy: Values and Techniques by Nicola Acocella (Universita degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata')

Recent developments in public economics have largely been in the direction of reaffirming the limits of the market and of establishing new ones. The possible existence of fundamental non-convexities, imperfect and asymmetric information, incentive compatibility, imperfect competition, strategic complementarity, and scale economies led to the conclusion that a large set of market failures exist; such situations also imply government failure. Acocella, considers this complicated picture and provides a discussion of the different approaches to establishing social 'rankings' of the possible situations and the underlying principles. The arguments for and against different institutions are then analysed at a micro and macroeconomic level. The market and the government are recognised as imperfect, and thus complementary, institutions. Specific policy targets and instruments are considered in the areas of micro and macro-economic policy. Special attention is devoted to questions of policy management in an open economy. Finally, problems of domestic and international policy co-ordination are considered.

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'Professor Nicola Acocella has provided an illuminating and challenging account of the foundations of economic policy. His analysis covers the established ground as well as providing new departures, the book is a rich addition to the existing literature.' Amartya Sen, Trinity College, Cambridge
"Professor Nicola Acocella has provided an illuminating and challenging account of the foundations of economic policy. His analysis covers the established ground as well as providing new departures, and the book is a rich addition to the existing literature." Amartya Sen, University of Cambridge

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1. Introduction; Part I. Defining Social Preferences: 2. Individual preferences and social preferences; 3. The Pareto principle and 'new welfare economics'; Part II. Social Choices, Government and the Market: 4. Theories of justice, welfare functions and the social optimum; 5. Social preferences and institutions; 6. Market failures: microeconomic aspects; 7. Market failures: macroeconomic aspects; Part III. Normative and Positive Theory of Economic Policy: 8. The normative theory of economic policy; 9. 'Non-market' failures: elements of a positive theory of economic policy; Part IV. Microeconomic Intervention: 10. Microeconomic policies for efficiency; 11. Redistributive policies and optimal taxation; 12. Social choice and cost-benefit analysis; Part V. Macroeconomic Intervention in a Closed Economy: 13. Macroeconomic objectives and monetary policy; 14. Macroeconomic objectives and fiscal policy; 15. Incomes and price policies; Part VI. Macroeconomic Intervention in an Open Economy: 16. Monetary systems and exchange rate regimes; 17. Balance of payments policies; 18. Economic policies in an open economy; Part VII. Problems of 'Regime' in Government Action, Domestic and International: 19. Consistency in public choice; Index; References.

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The Foundations of Economic Policy: Values and Techniques by Nicola Acocella (Universita degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata')
Nicola Acocella (Universita degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata')
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Cambridge University Press
1998-10-01
540
0521586380
9780521586382
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