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Public Finance and Public Policy 3rd Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; 3 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429219491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429219495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I found this book through MIT's Open Courseware, it is an excellent read if you like the textbook style. The author does not seem to be bent on pushing one economic approach and explains the topics in a common sense manner.
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I bought a copy of the text for an Economic Public Finance course requiring the use of the 3rd edition to cut back on costs. When I compared this text to the 3rd edition, there were only a few differences that I noticed-

- Discussion questions had a few differences (Re-arranged, numbers changed slightly, ect)
- Charts and figures in the 3rd edition had more recent information (especially relevant in chapters 21-25)
- Chapter on Social Security had another (small) section in it.

If you need this textbook for a class but do not need the discussion questions, I would recommend this textbook over the newer one. There is virtually no difference between the two. If you need the updated charts and graphs from the newer edition, most of them are available in the PowerPoint presentations on the publisher's website.
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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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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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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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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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