Please Bring me the New York Times – On the European Roots of Richard Abel Musgrave

Hans-Werner Sinn

International Tax and Public Finance 16 (1), 2009, S. 124–135, CESifo Working Paper Nr. 2050, Juli 2007.


Richard Musgrave was one of 200 academic economists who emigrated from Germany when Fascism came to dominate the country. This memorial lecture traces the German and European roots of Richard Musgrave's oeuvre, trying to shed light on his family background as well as on the political and scientific factors that influenced his education as an economist. Particular emphasis is given to the development of his notion of public goods.


Richard Musgrave, Public goods, Emigration from Germany

JEL Classification

H0, B0, B3