Date of Graduation
Chambers College of Business and Economics
This dissertation consists of three essays which examine the role political economy factors play in influencing state-level public finance in the United States. In Chapter 1, I introduce the economic logic explaining why political economy factors affect public finance. I then give a brief summary of the three essays presented in Chapters 2-4. Chapter 2 investigates the role tobacco special-interest groups, state ideology, and a number of public finance variables play in determining the state cigarette tax rate. Chapter 3 introduces a new methodology, using spatial econometrics, to investigate tax competition in cigarette tax rates. Chapter 4 examines the disparity in tobacco control spending, specifically investigating states with strong tobacco special-interests.
Hoffer, Adam J., "Three Essays on the Political Economy of Public Finance" (2012). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4866.