Some Lessons from the New Public Finance
In the last few years, there has developed a large literature, sometimes referred to as the new "public finance," providing a quantitative analysis of a number of traditional problems within the field. This paper is concerned with surveying, or interpreting, what can be learned from this literature; and our belief is that it has taught us a great deal. We concern ourselves here not so much with the derivation of precise formulae, e.g. for optimal tax rates, but with the more general lessons which have emerged.
Boskin, Michael J. and Joseph E. Stiglitz. "Some Lessons from the New Public Finance," The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 67, No. 1, February 1977, pp. 295-301. citation courtesy of