The conceptual foundations of transactional analysis of public finance

Andrii Derlytsia


Introduction. One of the least developed areas of the theory of economic institutionalism is transactional analysis of public finance. Its component – the theory of transaction costs, is mainly applied to the sphere of functioning of economic entities and the financial market. This necessitates the study of transactions in public finance as an economic phenomenon that requires an integrated approach and goes beyond purely transaction costs.

The purpose of the article. The aim is to study the conceptual foundations, method and key areas of transactional analysis of public finance as a scientific field of institutional research.

Method. To achieve this goal, the following general scientific methods were used: scientific abstraction, in highlighting the essential features of transactional analysis of public finance; comparative analysis, when assessing the differences in transaction costs in the public and market sectors; a systematic approach in identifying the components of transactional analysis of public finance.

Results. Transactional analysis of public finance as a component of institutional research of public finance is considered. The role of transaction costs in the public sphere is shown and their ability to positively influence the efficiency of public finance due to the optimization of resource allocation in the public sector is substantiated. It is indicated that transaction costs in the public sphere are a necessary element to ensure compliance with supply and demand of public goods and other state services, which leads to increased utility of participants in collective interaction. The characteristic of the method of transactional analysis of public finance and its features is given. The main directions of transactional analysis of public finance from the standpoint of comparison of transaction costs, transaction losses and transaction benefits are outlined. The dualistic nature of transaction costs in relation to transformation costs is shown.


public finance; institutions; transaction analysis; transaction costs; transaction benefits; transaction losses; transformation costs

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