The Justification of Taxation in the Public Finance Literature: An Unorthodox View

Economia Delle Scelte Pubbiche, Vol. 3, 1989

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July 7, 2011

Abstract

Public finance is the sub-discipline of economics that deals with taxes, fiscal policy and government enterprise in general. In order to assess the case in behalf of taxation commonly made in this field, I shall analyze the public finance textbooks of ATKINSON and STIGLITZ (1980), DUE [1963], MUSGRAVE (1959) and SHOUP [1969]'. I have chosen textbooks because they are a distillation of knowledge, methodology and perspective of an entire profession; they are the amalgamation of what is considered correct and important. I have chosen these four because they are a representative sample, and highly respected amongst the practitioners of economic orthodoxy in this domain.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., The Justification of Taxation in the Public Finance Literature: An Unorthodox View (July 7, 2011). Economia Delle Scelte Pubbiche, Vol. 3, 1989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881108

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