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Vincenzo Galasso

Political Economics

Redistributive Policies


This book is written for undergraduate students in Economics and in Political Science who want to learn about the political economics of redistributive policies. It provides a positive analysis of the political process behind the design and implementation of redistributive policies, by using the minimum level of mathematical formalization required, in an attempt to be accessible to second- and third-year undergraduate students. The book does not span the entire domain of political economics but concentrates on redistributive policies. This includes monetary transfers, such as pensions and unemployment benefits, as well as regulations, in the labor and product market, which allow to redistribute economic rents. Although the book is mostly self-contained, readers are expected to have a basic knowledge of microeconomics.


Pages: 144

Trade Paper: ISBN 9788885486270; $29.95

Pdf: ISBN 97888854628; $14,99



Vincenzo Galasso is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, where he is the Director of the BSc in International Politics and Government, and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is Member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the Italian Prime Minister and Editor of the European Journal of Political Economy. He has widely published in top academic journals. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Political Economics