What Is the Optimal Size of Government in the United States?

Studies | Government

No. 188
Tuesday, November 01, 1994
by Gerald W. Scully

Beyond some minimum level, government becomes a net drain on the private sector. When resources are allocated privately, the goal is the highest economic rate of return. When they are allocated by politicians or planners, the goal is the highest political return in the form of votes and campaign contributions.

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