'Starve the Beast' - Origins and Development of a Budgetary Metaphor

Independent Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 5-26, 2007

22 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2010

Date Written: July 1, 2007

Abstract

"Starve the Beast" is a theory held by many Republicans, which holds that tax cuts automatically bring about spending cuts and thus prevent an increase in the budget deficit. This paper explains how this theory came to be developed and its political and economic consequences.

Keywords: Ronald Reagan, tax cuts

JEL Classification: H2, H6

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, 'Starve the Beast' - Origins and Development of a Budgetary Metaphor (July 1, 2007). Independent Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 5-26, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1700195

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