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Erik Robert Lindahl

Erik Robert Lindahl was a Swedish economist and a member of the Stockholm school.

Background

  • LINDAHL, Erik Robert was born in 1891 in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Education

    • Dr University Lund, 1919.

    Career

    • Lindahl, along with Swedish economists Myrdal and Bertil Ohlin, furthered Wicksell’s monetary theory by applying it to conditions other than full employment. Lindahl also developed the benefit principle in taxation, described in his book Die Gerechtigkeit der Besteuerung (1919; “The Justness of Taxation”). That principle holds that each person’s share of taxes paid for government-provided goods and services should equal the share of benefits each person receives. Lindahl argued that not only would such a payment scale be just and fair, but it would also lead to the optimum levels of government provision.

      In elaborating this principle, Lindahl built on an idea originally set forth by Wicksell. He also advanced Wicksell’s development of the Austrian economic school’s theory of capital. He was interested in the development of economic accounting systems that would have general validity, and he made statistical studies of income and prices.

    Major achievements

    • One of Lindahl's most important achievements was the development of the sequence analysis in economics, which influenced Gunnar Myrdal’s concepts of saving and investment.

    Works

    • Studies in the Theory of Money and Capital(1939)
    • Die Gerechtigkeit der Besteuerung (1919) (German, translated as Just Taxation: A positive solution, 1958)

    Personality

    Interests

    Political economics

    Erik Lindahl
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    Born November 21, 1891
    Died January 6, 1960
    (aged 68)
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    • 1919
      Lund University
    • 1932 - 1939
      lecturer, Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law
    • 1939 - 1942
      lecturer, Lund University
    • 1943
      fellow, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
    • 1956 - 1959
      president, International Economic Association

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