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Musgrave, Richard A. (Richard Abel), 1910-2007

Richard Abel Musgrave (1910-2007) was a leading 20th-century economist whose work transformed the field of public finance. He was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Musgrave's seminal work, The Theory of Public Finance(1959), theorized the economic role of government in partnership with the private sector in democratic societies. Musgrave conceptualized the public sector budget as having three branches concerned with the allocation of resources, the distribution of income, and stabilization of the economy. Musgrave also introduced the new concept of "merit wants." His work further revolutionized public finance by applying microeconomic analysis, Keynesian macroeconomics and consideration of equity to theories of taxation. Renowned for its accessible style, the book is still considered a major theoretical work in the field of public finance. The Musgraves' co-authored 1973 work Public Finance in Theory and Practicealso remains an important textbook. Musgrave served as an advisor on tax reform to a number of governments, including postwar Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Taiwan. In addition, he served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and was founder and President of the International Seminar in Public Economics. He was a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and the National Tax Association as well as Honorary President of the International Institute of Public Finance. He was awarded the Frank E. Seidman Award in Political Economy in 1981.

Musgrave, Richard A. (Richard Abel), 1910-2007

Richard Abel Musgrave (1910-2007) was a leading 20th-century economist whose work transformed the field of public finance. He was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Musgrave's seminal work, The Theory of Public Finance(1959), theorized the economic role of government in partnership with the private sector in democratic societies. Musgrave conceptualized the public sector budget as having three branches concerned with the allocation of resources, the distribution of income, and stabilization of the economy. Musgrave also introduced the new concept of "merit wants." His work further revolutionized public finance by applying microeconomic analysis, Keynesian macroeconomics and consideration of equity to theories of taxation. Renowned for its accessible style, the book is still considered a major theoretical work in the field of public finance. The Musgraves' co-authored 1973 work Public Finance in Theory and Practicealso remains an important textbook. Musgrave served as an advisor on tax reform to a number of governments, including postwar Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Taiwan. In addition, he served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and was founder and President of the International Seminar in Public Economics. He was a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and the National Tax Association as well as Honorary President of the International Institute of Public Finance. He was awarded the Frank E. Seidman Award in Political Economy in 1981.

Musgrave, Richard A. (Richard Abel), 1910-2007

Richard Abel Musgrave (1910-2007) was a leading 20th-century economist whose work transformed the field of public finance. He was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Musgrave's seminal work, The Theory of Public Finance(1959), theorized the economic role of government in partnership with the private sector in democratic societies. Musgrave conceptualized the public sector budget as having three branches concerned with the allocation of resources, the distribution of income, and stabilization of the economy. Musgrave also introduced the new concept of "merit wants." His work further revolutionized public finance by applying microeconomic analysis, Keynesian macroeconomics and consideration of equity to theories of taxation. Renowned for its accessible style, the book is still considered a major theoretical work in the field of public finance. The Musgraves' co-authored 1973 work Public Finance in Theory and Practicealso remains an important textbook. Musgrave served as an advisor on tax reform to a number of governments, including postwar Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Taiwan. In addition, he served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and was founder and President of the International Seminar in Public Economics. He was a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and the National Tax Association as well as Honorary President of the International Institute of Public Finance. He was awarded the Frank E. Seidman Award in Political Economy in 1981.

Consists of the professional files of Richard A. Musgrave. The material documents Musgrave's career as an economist and professor, and includes publications and presentations, drafts, discussion papers, conference materials, reports, editorial and teaching materials, email correspondence and written correspondence, and awards received.

Gift of Peggy B. Musgrave in October 2008 [ML.2008.026]. Additional accessions came in 2009 and 2012 [ML.2009.018 and ML.2012.006]

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein on July 29, 2010. Materials were re-housed in archival boxes and a series-level description was created at this time. Materials from the March 2012 accession were added to the collection and the finding aid was updated by Maureen Callahan on April 16,2013. Materials from the March 2012 accession were moved into archival folders at this time.

No information about appraisal is available is available for this collection.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2007
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Materials document Musgrave's career as an economist and professor, and include writings, speeches, syllabi for Harvard courses, discussion papers, conference materials, email correspondence and written correspondence

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

7 boxes

Publications By Authors Other Than Musgrave, 1961-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications By and About Musgrave, 1941-1991. 1 box.
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(Includes cover of 1984 Allied Social Science Associations Program designed by M.)

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1 box

Publications Regarding Finance By Authors Other Than Musgrave, 1874-1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Wagner, 1893. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1978-2007. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications By and About Joseph A. Schumpeter, 1949-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

Industrial Service Medal, Republic of Korea, 1972. 1 box.
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1 box

Misc. Drafts, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Course Readings for Economics for the Lawyer (Harvard Law School 1968), 1960-1986. 1 box.
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1 box

Honors and Awards, 1980-2001. 1 box.
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(Includes photographs.)

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1 box

Correspondence regarding Professional Activities and Awards, 1981-2005. 1 box.
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(Includes letters written by and addressed to Peggy M.)

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1 box

Obituaries, 2007. 1 box.
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1 box

Book Reviews, 1999-2001. 1 box.
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1 box

Diamond, Peter, 2004. 1 box.
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1 box

Cartoons from Columbia regarding Musgrave, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Opinions, 1978-2006. 1 box.
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(Includes an autobiographical article written for his stepdaughter, Pam.)

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1 box

National Tax Journal -Hansen, invited paper, 1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Munich, 2001. 1 box.
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1 box

Michigan, 1999. 1 box.
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(Includes correspondence regarding the Richard Musgrave Prize of the National Tax Journal.)

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1 box

Reprints, 1968-1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Personal-Keep, 1979-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1979-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Misc. Correspondence, 1983-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

Evaluations, 1978-1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Professional, 1979-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Op-Ed Pieces, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Speeches and Professional Papers, 1963-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

Awards, 1991-2001. 1 box.
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1 box

Afro, 2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Requests, 1979-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1978-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Own Work, 1966. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1978-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Riew, John, 1992-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1979-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Japan Trip, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Tax Reform Planning-A Discussion Paper, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

Jerusalem, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

OAS-Organization of American States, 1972. 1 box.
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1 box

Korea, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

Publisher, 1987. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1970-2002. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence with Willi Hüfner, 1999-2001. 1 box.
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1 box

Obituaries and Death Notices, 2007-2008. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications Regarding Public Goods By Authors Other Than Musgrave, 1957-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Letters, 2003-2005. 1 box.
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1 box

Data, 2003-2004. 1 box.
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1 box

Musgrave's Report-Indonesia, 1974. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications, 1942-1992. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(Includes drafts and page proofs.)

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1 box

Publications By Authors Other Than Musgrave, 1994-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Books, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(Includes: Musgrave, Richard A. and Malcolm Gillis (ed.). Fiscal Reform for Columbia. Final Report and Staff Papers of the Colombian Commission on Tax Reform. Cambridge: The Law School of Harvard University, 1971. Musgrave, Richard A. Reprints. Private Binding. )

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1 box

Johnson "Brain Trust,", 1963-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

"Ileolanthe: An Almost Entirely Unoriginal Comic Opera in One (That's Enough) Act,", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence with Ben Friedman, 2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Copies of German Newspapers, 1906. 1 box.
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(Includes obituary of Karl Abel (paternal grandfather) and photostat of the 1910 December 14 (Musgrave's birthday) issue of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung )

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1 box

Recent Papers, 1996-2002. 1 box.
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1 box

The International Seminar in Public Economics, 1997-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Taiwan, 1968. 1 box.
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1 box

University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Ver Eecke, Wilfried, 2003. 1 box.
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1 box

Kaplow, Louis, 2002-2003. 1 box.
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1 box

Brookings, 2003-2004. 1 box.
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1 box

Munich-Center for Economic Studies, 2002-2004. 1 box.
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1 box

Liberty Fund, Inc, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Portugal, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Photos, 1962. 1 box.
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1 box

Colombia, 1970-1988. 1 box.
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(Includes correspondence relating to M.'s visit to Argentina.)

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1 box

Fiscal Policy Seminar (Brookings Institution), 1975-1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Bank Conference, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

The International Seminar in Public Economics, 1974. 1 box.
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1 box

Puerto Rico Report, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence (alpha), 1979-2006`, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Biographical, 1985-2007. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(Includes handwritten genealogy of the Abel-Prüfer family)

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1 box

Misc. Publications and Professional Activities, 1989-2008. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications Regarding Social Philosophy By Authors Other Than Musgrave, 1907-1981. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(For Economics 2080 Economy and Society)

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1 box

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Interview, 2006. 1 box.
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1 box

Press, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Biographical, 1990-2008. 1 box.
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1 box

90th Birthday, 2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Writings and Speeches, 1986-2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Bibliography etc, 1990. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(Includes biographical material.)

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1 box

Homburg, Germany, dates not examined. 1 box.
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(Includes material regarding presentations given at various universities in Germany and Switzeland, 1993-1995)

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1 box

Belgium, 1976-1977. 1 box.
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1 box

Portugal, 1968. 1 box.
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(Contains news clippings.)

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1 box

Portugal, 1978. 1 box.
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(Includes material regarding a visit in Spain)

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1 box

Speeches, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Reviews, 1974. 1 box.
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1 box

Reports, 1967-1968. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

The material in this accession includes email and other correspondence as well as select articles. Also includes an autographed photograph of Adlai Stevenson.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Correspondence and Articles, 1992-2004. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

The material in this accession includes memoranda and conference papers (all unpublished) by Richard Musgrave.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

1 box

"Tax Reduction after the War", 1944 May 30. 1 box.
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1 box

"Economic Issues of Postwar Tax Reform" Summary of Comments, 1944 June 2. 1 box.
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1 box

"Three Plans for Postwar Taxation: A comparison of the C.E.D., Twin Cities and Ruml-Sonne Tax Proposals ", 1944 October 4. 1 box.
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1 box

"Postwar Fiscal Policy", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"Alternative Budget Policies for Full Employment", 1945 March 13. 1 box.
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1 box

"Measuring the Impact of the Personal Income Tax on Savings", 1944 November 8. 1 box.
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1 box

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