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Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1906-1907
DOI: 10.1126/science.1101319

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Growing Public:. Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century. By Peter H. Lindert

Volume 1, The Story. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004. 396 pp. $65, £42.50. ISBN 0-521-82174-6. Paper, $24.99, £17.99. ISBN 0-521-52916-6.

Volume 2, Further Evidence. 240 pp. $75, £50. ISBN 0-521-82175-4.

In this exploration of the evolution of social spending, the author shows that, contrary to common claims, taxes and transfers contribute to rather than inhibit economic growth.