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On Government Investment and Production

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This paper critically evaluates the argument that all government spending is, from the perspective of economic theory, simply consumption spending. The argument is questionable because it assumes that for investment to be meaningful, it must be directed toward consumer satisfaction, where “consumers” are a group mutually exclusive from government officials. Further, it assumes that government officials can be neither future- or consumeroriented in their behavior. Related to these points, the argument also contains terminology structured so as to rule out objections simply by definition. In addition, the consumptiontheory of government spending also potentially incorporates hidden value judgments. Finally, the argument actually overlooks important facts about government production which would otherwise go unnoticed.

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  • HAL Id : hal-03067879, version 1
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Matthew Mccaffrey. On Government Investment and Production. New Perspective on Political Economy, 2012, 7 (2), pp.163 - 176. ⟨hal-03067879⟩



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