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Public Finance and Public Policy Hardcover – December 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1429219495 ISBN-10: 1429219491 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; Third Edition edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429219491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429219495
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JONATHON GRUBER Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, has extensive first-hand research experience in a broad range of topics in health care economics, taxation and redistribution programs. He has taught Contemporary Public Finance at MIT for twelve years and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department, where he worked on tobacco regulation, child care, higher education, public health insurance, global warming, Social Security reform, and welfare and income distribution policy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SE on December 26, 2012
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I am in a MPA program and this text was required. Gruber helped make economics interesting and understandable. This text is a great choice for educators and students alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amhovel on November 19, 2012
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Gruber's text is well-written and relevant. Admittedly not as concise as it could be, as a student I didn't mind the length at some portions because things were thoroughly explained. As economics texts go, this is probably the least "dry" I've encountered.

Gruber uses relevant and concise examples to illustrate points and inserts some humor to keep the read a little easier.
As another reviewer noted, this text can ramble on a bit much at times, but intelligent skimming through use of subtitles and keywords can avoid that. The problems are good, but at times can be more confusing than necessary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DisGriffSayeth on July 23, 2011
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This text provides a good combination of real-world examples and mathematical justification for the economic decisions made by governments (particularly the US government).
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Book was advertised as like new and being third edition, both of which were untrue. Book was in average condition at best with the hardcover worn and inner cardboard support showing through the edges. Also, book was first edition and not third edition as advertised. This purchase thoroughly failed to meet my expectations and I will not purchase from this vendor again.
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By josho on February 11, 2014
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This is a very good book for understanding the policy aspects of public finance. It is written in a way that makes it interesting and not too dry (mostly), for non finance people.
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It's a required text from the Public Admin master level class. The book is generally organized; however, I would recommend reviewing some of the algebra and calculus knowledge before taking the Public Finance class or reading this book. Otherwise, you may have to spend quite some time to understand the math concepts there.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pizza Party on February 27, 2012
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This book just rambled on incessantly. If the author had focused on actual material and not digressions, this book would probably be closer to 100 or fewer pages. The examples provided in chapters are often unclear and provide solutions without providing a set up to the problem. The practice problems at the end of the chapters may be the worst I've ever seen. They lacked any form of solutions, whether online or in the back of the book, preventing students from checking to see if they understood the material. Moreover, the actual answers tend to be deliberately obtuse. Even the problem set ups, were typically rubbish, requiring extra steps that really were unnecessary towards understanding the material. I'd have to put this on the list of the very worst textbooks I've ever seen and recommend professors to find one that's significantly more concise and learning friendly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris_zzz on June 6, 2014
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There's nothing in this book that's not available elsewhere. The best lesson this book teaches about finance and public policy is an object lesson: why the U.S. needs to take a hard look at the price of school books -- K-12 and college -- to see what market imperfections have lead us to a $194 price for this book.
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