Behavioral Economics and the Public Sector

Dutch University Press, 2015

193 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2015 Last revised: 25 Dec 2015

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Matthias Weber

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This thesis consists of four essays dealing with topics that are relevant for the public sector. The essays cover diverse issues of economics partly overlapping with political science. The topics reach from the taxation of labor over monetary policy to preferences over voting institutions. Throughout this thesis it is, in contrast to classical economics, not assumed that humans are necessarily fully rational. Once full rationality is no longer assumed, experiments become an important tool to learn about human behavior. Consequently, most of the work in this thesis makes use of economic experiments.

Keywords: behavioral economics, experimental economics, public economics, labor taxation, monetary policy, two-tier voting, voting institutions

JEL Classification: C9, H2, D7, E5

Suggested Citation

Weber, Matthias, Behavioral Economics and the Public Sector (2015). Dutch University Press, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2698608

Matthias Weber (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance ( email )

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St.Gallen, CH-9000
Switzerland

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