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Lindert featured in the New York Times

How Big Should Government Be?

U.C. Davis Economics Professor Peter Lindert was featured in recent New York Times column about the size of government and economic growth.  Lindert, an emeritus Professor, has co-authored the book How Big Should Government Be? with Jeff Madrick from the Century Foundation, Jon Bakija of Williams College, and Lane Kenworthy of UC San Diego.  They argue that the conventional conservative economic wisdom that less government translates to faster growth is not supported by the historical record.   “A national instinct that small government is always better than large government is grounded not in facts but rather in ideology and politics,” they write. The evidence throughout the history of modern capitalism “shows that more government can lead to greater security, enhanced opportunity and a fairer sharing of national wealth.”