Determinants and Consequences of Public Expenditures

  • Jesse Burkhead
  • Jerry Miner
Part of the Aldine Treatises in Modern Economics book series (MSE)


The positive theory of the public sector, as with other subdivisions of economics, has as its concern the formulation and testing of behavioral hypotheses. Economists’ interests in the positive aspects of government behavior naturally lie in those hypotheses that concern real or financial resources. The main hypotheses relevant to the positive theory of public economics encompass those that deal with the determination of levels of public expenditures and revenues along with those that explain the consequences of such outlays and revenue collections upon the economic status of society. Because this book is concerned with public expenditures, positive theories of taxation and tax incidence and the empirical studies of these matters are excluded from discussion here, except insofar as revenue considerations are relevant to expenditure determination. Furthermore, as the introductory chapter explains, stabilization aspects of expenditures are not systematically examined in this study, and, therefore, there is no development here of those aspects of positive theory that deal with the effects of budget policy on aggregate demand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesse Burkhead
    • 1
  • Jerry Miner
    • 1
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityUSA

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