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Please Bring me the New York Times – On the European Roots of Richard Abel Musgrave


  • Hans-Werner Sinn


Richard Musgrave was one of the around 200 academic economists who emigrated from Germany when Fascism came to dominate the country. This memorial lecture traces the German and European roots of Richard Musgrave’s oeuvre, trying to shed light on his family background as well as on the political and scientific factors that influenced his education as an economist. Particular emphasis is given to the development of his notion of public goods.

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  • Hans-Werner Sinn, 2007. "Please Bring me the New York Times – On the European Roots of Richard Abel Musgrave," CESifo Working Paper Series 2050, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2050

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    1. Richard Abel Musgrave, 1939. "The Voluntary Exchange Theory of Public Economy," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 53(2), pages 213-237.
    2. Groves, Theodore, 1973. "Incentives in Teams," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 41(4), pages 617-631, July.
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    Richard Musgrave; Public Finance and Economic Thought;

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    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • B30 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - General
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General


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