Public Economics and Taxation

Where you you get your information on public economics and taxation? Are there any go-to sources that we're missing in our list of recommendations? Do you have any country- or region-specific recommendations (in English or any other language)?

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Required Reading: “Corruption and the Costs of Redistribution: Micro Evidence from Indonesia”

This article has been assigned as required reading for “Public Economics,” one of the core courses taught in the fall.

Required Reading: Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice

An excerpt from this book has been assigned in “Public Economics,” a core course taught in the fall.

Podcast: “Cushioning the Effects of Covid-19 on the Poor”

In this VoxDev Talk, economists Rema Hanna and Ben Olken discuss what’s needed to help the poor through this crisis.

Prof. Gibson Recommends: This Podcast Episode on “Chickens, Cash, and Development Economics”

In this EconTalks podcast, economist Chris Blattman discusses the trade-offs between giving people in parts of Africa cash versus chickens, and how they used randomized controlled trials to find out which was more effective for helping people.

Podcast: “Lessons from the Ebola Crisis on dealing with Covid-19”

In this Vox Talk, Oeindrila Dube discusses an experiment she had been running in Sierra Leone for community health outreach, and how helpful those interventions were during the Ebola outbreak. From April 9, 2020.

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