Taxation in the Liberal Tradition

  • Robert A. Lawson
  • J. R. Clark


In this essay, we argue that liberal economists should take more seriously the problems of public goods and externalities as well as the capacity of taxation and state action to improve human welfare. While taking seriously the public choice concerns about how the political process works as well as Austrian concerns about the limits of our knowledge in the absence of market price signals, we should also acknowledge that public goods and externalities do exist and taxation can provide a means to improve human welfare.


Taxation Classical Liberalism Public Goods Externalities Austrian Economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of BusinessSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  2. 2.The University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA

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