Henry George's Ingenious Tax: A Contemporary Restatement

J.G. Backhaus*

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Henry George (1839-1897) has left an intellectual legacy which is shrouded under a cloak of controversy. ''Professional economists who focused attention on the single-tax proposal and condemned Henry George's teaching, root and branch, were hardly just to him....'' (Schumpeter 1954, p. 865). This essay tries to do justice to Henry George From the point of view of economic theory and relevant economic practical questions in 1997. The single tax proposal is looked at from the point of view of constitutional economics, and the wider applicability of Henry George's basic notions is emphasized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-474
JournalAmerican Journal of Economics and Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1997


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