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
Date Written: July 7, 2011
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 , MUSGRAVE (1959) and SHOUP '. 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.
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