Growing Public: Volume 2, Further Evidence: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 19, 2004 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
Growing Public examines the question of whether social policies that redistribute income impose constraints on economic growth. Taxes and transfers have been debated for centuries, but only now can we get a clear view of the whole evolution of social spending. Lindert argues that, contrary to the intuition of many economists and the ideology of many politicians, social spending has contributed to, rather than inhibited, economic growth.

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