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About this Cambridge Elements series 

The Cambridge Elements of Public Economics  will provide authoritative and up-to-date reviews of core topics and recent developments in the field. The Elements will include state-of-the-art contributions  on optimal taxation and tax policy, business taxation and risk taking,  tax evasion and compliance, public finance and development, fiscal transfers in a multigovernment setting, public debt, and   the main tasks of the government in relation to public goods, externalities, health, education and knowledge, pensions and social insurance, equity and redistribution, public investment and cost-benefit analysis, public enterprises, privatization and regulation. The editors are particularly interested  in the new frontiers of quantitative methods in public economics, experimental approaches , behavioral public finance, empirical and theoretical analyisis of the quality of government and institutions.

About the Editors - Robin Boadway 

Robin Boadway is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Queen’s University. His main research interests are in public economics, welfare economics and fiscal federalism. He is past Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and the Canadian Journal of Economics, and Past President of the International Institute of Public Finance and the Canadian Economics Association. He was Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Munich, where he delivered the Munich Lectures in 2009, and has done projects for the Mirrlees Review, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His recent books include Fiscal Federalism: Principles and Practice of Multiorder Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and From Optimal Tax Theory to Tax Policy: Retrospective and Prospective Views (MIT Press, 2012). 

About the Editors - Frank Cowell

Frank A. Cowell is Professor of Economics and the London School of Economics. His main research interests are in inequality, mobility and the distribution of income and wealth. He is past editor of Economica and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He is president of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality. His recent books include Cheating the Government (The MIT Press, 1990), Economic Inequality and Income Distribution (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1998), Thinking about Inequality  (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1999), Measuring Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2011).

About the Editors - Massimo Florio

Massimo Florio is Professor of Public Economics, University of Milan. His main interests are in cost-benefit analysis, regional policy, privatization, public enterprise, network industries and the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. He has led several international evaluation studies for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the EIB, the OECD, the World Bank, and CERN. His books include:  The Great Divestiture. Evaluating the welfare impact of the British Privatizations (MIT Press, 2006); Network Industries and Social Welfare. The Experiment that Reshuffled European Utilities (Oxford University Press 2013); Applied Welfare Economics. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Projects and Policies (Routledge 2014); and recently two edited books:  Infrastructure Finance in Europe. Insights into the History of Water, Transport and Telecommunications (Oxford University Press 2016) and The Economics of Infrastructure Provisioning. The Changing Role of the State (the MIT Press 2015). 

Contact the Editors 

If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in writing an Element, please contact Chiara Del Bo