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1.1 Economics of the public sector In this course, we will study a number of issues regarding the roles and functioning of a particular sector of the economy, the public sector. All national economies have a public sector, and in virtually all cases (this is certainly true for all developed economies like that of Canada) it is large and varied.
New type of work and new type of workers With the popularization of mobile communication technology and the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship policies, new or non-standard work types and modes emerge, which are compared with traditional ones (including working place, time, etc.) and combined with labor types.
As noted above, because individuals’ willingness to pay is private information, it is diﬃcult to determine whether or not, and if so, how much, of a public good or service should be provided. Researchers and policy makers have, as a result, devised a number of tools for assessing the value of what we will call public provision. In this chapter, we will consider a speciﬁc mechanism for determining: