Welcome to the Home Page of Stanley L. Winer
Canada Research Chair Professor in Public Policy
School of Public Policy and Administration, and Department of Economics
Office: School of Public Policy, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada, K1S5B6
Tel: (613) 520-2600 x-2630. Fax: (613) 520-2551. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Research Projects
· The integration of public finance and collective choice. This longstanding research program combines the traditional concerns of public finance with the analysis of collective choice mechanisms, and explores the implications of the resulting frameworks for the positive and normative analysis of taxation, public expenditure and public policy generally. Most recently, this work includes study of reliance on inheritance taxes in G7 countries, with Paola Profeta (Bocconi) and Simona Scabrosetti (Pavia), and a forthcoming edited book with Cambridge on coercion and social welfare in public finance, with Jorge Matinez-Vazquez (Georgia State).
· Political competition in mature democracies. Political competition is at the heart of what we call democracy. In this recent research - with Stephen Ferris (Carleton), Bernard Grofman (U.C. Irvine) and Lawrence Kenny (Florida) - we are studying the meaning, measurement and explanation of variation in the degree political competition in the mature democracies of Canada and the United States, and across states in India, as well as the implications of this competition for the nature of public policy and for social well-being.
· Democracy and the environment. Is more democracy (or political competition) good for the environment? How does the cost of privately mitigating the consequences of pollution affect the choice between public regulation of the environment and private action in different kinds of political regimes. These questions and other are addressed in work with Louis Hotte (University of Ottawa) and Sophie Bernard (École Polytechnique de Montréal).
· Internal Migration and Public Policy. Does public policy in ordinary times, such as the regionalized nature of unemployment insurance, substantially alter interregional migration in Canada? Do extraordinary events such as the election of a separatist government in Quebec or the closing of the east coast cod fishery affect individual migration decisions? The empirical relationship between public policy and interprovincial migration is the subject of a recent book published by McGill-Queen's University Press, with Kathleen Day of the University of Ottawa.
For current working papers, publications and some data sets in these areas, please see the list below, or contact me. Comments and questions are always welcome.
Books and Monographs
· Coercion and Social Welfare in Public Finance: Economic and Political Dimensions. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming May 2014. C0-edited with Jorge Martinez-Vazquez. (See also the Winer/Tridimas/Hettich paper on "Social Welfare and Coercion in Public Finance")
Awarded the Purvis Memorial Prize for 2013 from the Canadian Economics Society.
· Political Economy and Public Finance: The Role of Political Economy in the Theory and Practice of Public Economics. Edward Elgar Publishing 2002. Co-edited with Hirofumi Shibata.
· Democratic Choice and Taxation: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. Cambridge University Press, 1999 (with Walter Hettich). Paperback 2005. Cambridge Online eBook 2009. (Amazon here)
· Knocking on the Back Door: Canadian Perspectives on the Political Economy of Freer Trade with the United States. Halifax: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1987, 220 pages. Co-edited with Allan Maslove.
Interprovincial Migration Data: A Supplement to "Internal Migration and Fiscal Structure", Economic Council of Canada, May 1982, 150 pages (with Denis Gauthier)].
See also my Amazon authorpage: www.amazon.com/author/stanleywiner
Working Papers (near top) and Published or Forthcoming Papers
· “The Political Economy of Taxation.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Rick Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming January 2014. (with Paola Profeta and Walter Hettich). To be linked.
· Introduction: Coercion, Welfare and Public Finance. In J. Martinez-Vazquez and S.L. Winer (eds.). Coercion and Social Welfare in Public Finance: Economic and Political Dimensions. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming May 2014\3. (with J. Martinez-Vasquez). To be posted.
· "Social Welfare and Coercion in Public Finance". In J. Martinez-Vazquez and S.L. Winer (eds.). Coercion and Social Welfare in Public Finance: Economic and Political Dimensions. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming May 2014. (with Walter Hettich and George Tridimas). See also CESifo Working Paper No. 2482, December. 2008
· Coercion and Social Welfare in Contemporary Public Finance. Conference at Stone Mountain, Georgia, October 1-2, 2010. Co-organizer with Jorge Martinez-Vazquez of Georgia State University. Eleven papers plus formal discussions. The conference papers will appear in due course as an edited volume. The outline of the conference is found here.
· "What do we know about the relationship between regionalized aspects of the unemployment insurance system and internal migration in Canada?" In Keith Banting and Jon Medow, eds., Making EI Work: Research from the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force. Toronto and Montreal: Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, University of Toronto and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. To be posted.
· "Reflections on the Role of Optimal Design in the Tax Policy Process". In F. Gorbet and A. Sharpe (eds.). In New Directions for Intelligent Government in Canada: Papers in honour of Ian Stewart. Ottawa: Centre for the Study of Living Standards. October 2011, 205-210. To be posted
· “Do departures from democratic accountability compromise the stability of public finances?: Keynesianism, central banking, and minority governments in the Canadian system of party government, 1867-2009.” Constitutional Political Economy 23(3), Sept. 2012, 213-243 (with Stephen Ferris and Bernard Grofman). To be posted.
· Social Welfare and Coercion in Public Finance. Revised October 2010 (with George Tridimas and Walter Hettich). See also CESifo Working Paper No. 2482, December. 2008. Forthcoming in Coercion and Social Welfare in Contemporary Public Finance.
· Environmental Regulation and Trade Openness in the Presence of Private Mitigation (with Louis Hotte). Journal of Development Economics 97, 2012, 46-57.
· "Closing the 49th Parallel: An Unexplored Episode in Canadian Economic and Political History" Canadian Public Policy 37(3), 2011, 307-336 (with James Davies).
Runner up for Vanderkamp prize, 2012. To be posted.
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· Political Regimes, Institutions and the Nature of Tax Systems. Prepared for 'Tax Systems: Whence and Whither (Recent evolution, current problems and future challenges)' . A Conference sponsored by the Saving Bank Foundation of Spain, FUNCAS and UNICAJA. Malaga Spain, September 9 – 11, 2009. Also presented as a general address to the annual meeting of SIEP (Società italiana di economia pubblica ) Pavia, September 24-25, 2009. July 22, 2009.
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· Explaining Variation in the Degree of Electoral Competition in a Mature Democracy: U.S. Senate Elections, 1922-2004 (With Lawrence Kenny and Walter Hettich). Presented at the APSA Meetings. Toronto, September 4, 2009. (With Lawrence Kenny and Bernard Grofman). February 4, 2009. Under revision. To be updated
Just how much bigger is government in Canada? A comparative analysis of the size and structure of the public sectors in Canada and the United States, 1929 - 2004 (with Stephen Ferris). Canadian Public Policy 33(2), July 2007, 173-206.
Runner up for Vanderkamp prize, 2008.
· Trending Economic Factors and the Structure of Congress, 1930 – 2002. (with John Aldrich, Bernard Grofman and Michael Tofias). Public Choice 135, 2008, 415-448.
· Taxation in the World: An Empirical Investigation of the Importance of Tax Bases, Collection Costs and Political Regime (with Larry Kenny) International Tax and Public Finance 13, 2006, 181-215.
· Structure and Coherence in the Political Economy of Public Finance (with Walter Hettich). In B. Weingast and D. Wittman (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy. Oxford University Press, 2006
· The Political Economy of Taxation: Positive and Normative Analysis When Collective Choice Matters (with Walter Hettich). in C. Rowley and F. Schneider (eds), Encyclopedia of Public Choice, Kluwer Academic 2003.
· Political Influence, Economic Interests and Endogenous Tax Structure in a Computable Equilibrium Framework: With Application to the United States, 1973 and 1983 (with Louis Hotte). Public Choice 109, 2001, 69-98.
· Information, Coordination, and Tax Policy Making (with Walter Hettich). In R. Bird, M. Trebilcock and T. Wilson (eds). Rationality in Public Policy: Retrospect and Prospect, A Tribute to Douglas Hartle. Canadian Tax Foundation, No. 104, 1999, 19-42.
Also, you can view some of my recent research on my SSRN Authorpage: http://ssrn.com/author=75386. and at RePec
Current Course Outlines
· PADM 6112 - Policy Processes and Institutions II
The photo above is an 'official one' by the university taken about 2002.
Ongoing Research Projects
Selected Working Papers and Published Papers
Current Course Outlines