Vilfredo Pareto and Contemporary Economics: Social Equilibrium, Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth

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During the second decade of the twentieth century, Vilfredo Pareto’s influence on the fiscal scholarship of Guido Sensini, Gino Borgatta and others in Italy was significant. In the 1920s a unique approach to fiscal thought developed which was grounded in the Paretian notion of social equilibrium. This study highlights the main features of this approach and considers why it went into decline from the 1930s and terminated in the 1950s. The paper also points to a potential benefit from integrating Aldo Scotto’s pioneering work on fiscal decentralisation with the Paretian fiscal thought of Sensini and Borgatta as part of a modern research program on the relationship between fiscal decentralisation and economic growth. (JEL:A12, B31, H00)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-578
JournalInternational Review of Economics
Volume53
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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