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The Optimal Size of Government

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In the economic analysis of the theory of government, two views of government are evident. The Pigovian view sees government as a benevolent actor striving to correct for the inadequacies and excesses of an unrestrained marketplace. The 'Public Choice' view of government portrays government as the tool of special interest groups as likely to generate distortions as to correct them. In this paper, a model of government that incorporates both views will be developed and then empirically tested.

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  • Philip J. Grossman, 1987. "The Optimal Size of Government," Monash Economics Working Papers archive-06, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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