On Public Needs

  • Enrico Barone
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


It is not easy to define the term public needs in an unequivocal manner. Nor can we get over the difficulty by making a distinction, as some do, between a general need (for example for bread) and a collective need (for example for internal security). Even if general needs and collective needs can be unequivocally defined, this does not solve the question of defining public needs because, in actual fact, it is not true that the economic activity of the State is designed to satisfy all collective needs and only collective needs.


Private Consumption Austrian School Specific Demand Public Enterprise Internal Security 
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© International Economic Association 1958

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