Public Attitudes Toward Fiscal Progress

in Surveys of Consumers 1972 - 73, Contributions to Behavioral Economics, Ann Arbor: The Institute for Social Research, 1975

Analytic FocusPublic Attitudes Toward Fiscal Progress

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The desirability of particular federal spending programs and the type of level of federal taxation which should be effected are two issues which rightly attract the interest of fiscal theorists, policymakers and taxpayers alike.  While all of these groups have different perspectives on the issues, all agree that budget choice should reflect public need, and all use private preferences for public goods as guidelines to determine that need.  Personal interview surveys of fiscal preferences, while they cannot be regarded as mandates for action, can enhance our understanding of the nature of people’s fiscal preferences; they can track the change or stability of those preferences, explore the determinants of attitudes toward both particular fiscal programs, and more general preference orientations.

-Curtin, Richard T. and Cowan, Charles D.

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