The Articles of Confederation Show the Need for Direct Taxation? It Just Ain't So!

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Scott Alex Beaulier

Mercer University

Joshua C. Hall

West Virginia University

Ben VanMetre

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Historians and economists often refer to the United States experience under the Articles of Confederation as evidence against decentralised government finance. While it is true that the US government had difficulty raising money from the states during this period, we argue that these facts are a benefit of the system, not a flaw. A ‘bottom-up’ system of finance, such as the one that existed under the Articles of Confederation, is an important check on Leviathan and has implications for United Nations fund-raising efforts and development economics.

Suggested Citation

Beaulier, Scott Alex and Hall, Joshua C. and VanMetre, Ben, The Articles of Confederation Show the Need for Direct Taxation? It Just Ain't So!. Economic Affairs, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 93-94, September 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1484162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2009.01928.x

Scott Alex Beaulier (Contact Author)

Mercer University ( email )

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Joshua C. Hall

West Virginia University ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Ben VanMetre

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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