Teaching Public Economics with Special Reference to Australian and US Cultures

15 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2020

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

This article discusses how teaching public economics is, and should be, related to national cultures. The article shows how the US culture of distrust of government influences the two major US texts (Rosen and Gayer 2014; Gruber 2016) that dominate the teaching of public economics in Australia and elsewhere. By contrast, Stiglitz and Rosengard's (2015) text on public economics emphasises the role of government in providing social welfare. These traditions may be described as neo‐liberal and social democratic respectively. I conclude that the social democratic approach reflects Australian culture and is more appropriate for teaching public economics in Australian universities.

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Abelson, Peter, Teaching Public Economics with Special Reference to Australian and US Cultures (September 2019). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 52, Issue 3, pp. 279-293, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3557377 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12318

Peter Abelson (Contact Author)

Macquarie University ( email )

North Ryde
Sydney, New South Wales 2109
Australia

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