Ronald Burgess (1923–2002) studied and taught economics for more than fifty years. Following in the footsteps of Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Colin Clark, and many others, he brought together different aspects of his subject with clarity and insight. Five volumes of his work are available under the general title of Public Finance. They provide an introduction to his fresh and original approach to economics and the possibility of civilisation. Also included here are two early publications by Colin Clark on economic potential – a method which later developed into gravity models. Four ESA reports were subsequently produced with the encouragement of Colin Clark. An updated version of Ronald Burgess’s book Public Revenue Without Taxation is also available.

Economic Potential

Industrial location and economic potential (1966)
Analysis of economic potential in the UK and its effect on the growth of manufacturing employment, expressed in the form of a contour map.
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Industrial location and economic potential in Western Europe (1969)
Extension of the analysis of economic potential to 103 regions across Western Europe, with a series of contour maps showing changes over time.
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Public Finance

Volume 1: Economics Now (1979-1980)
Ten seminars setting out an approach to macroeconomics with particular reference to government policy.
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Volume 2: Ten Public Talks (1980-1983)
A series of public lectures on topical issues such as monetarism, inflation, unemployment and taxation.
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Volume 3: Spatial and Normative Economics (1983-1984)
Original work on the relationship between the spatial aspects of macroeconomics and the role of the polity.
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Volume 4: Further Work (1971-1994)
A collection of essays and public talks on such topics as the relationship between employment and public spending in a period of rising inflation and recession, privatisation, local government finance, and the economic position of Greece within the European Union.
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The Difficulties of the Railways (1962)
A report issued with the aim of influencing the Transport Act 1962, which set in motion the formation of the Brititish Railways Board. The Act of 1962 was followed by the ‘Beeching axe’, which reduced the size of the railway network. This report is the earliest example of work by Ronald Burgess.
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Public Revenue Without Taxation (1993)
The book Public Revenue Without Taxation was first published in 1993 with the support of the Economic Study Association. This second edition has been produced to mark the 30th anniversary of the original publication.
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