Harry Gunnison Brown's Advocacy

The Case He Made for Land Value Taxation 1917–1975


  • Christopher K. Ryan

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      [Christopher K. Ryan, Ph.D., is currently teaching economics at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614.] He is the author of Harry Gunnison Brown: Economist (Westview Press, 1987).


Abstract. Harry Gunnison Brown's fifty plus years of active advocacy of land value taxation are reviewed in the light of two recent articles. One indicates a waning interest and even understanding of Brown's chosen cause while the other demonstrates quite the opposite: the persistence and relevance of land value taxation. Brown's strategies are examined, drawing on his correspondence as well as his publications. It is suggested that evaluation of Brown's success or failure is a moot question in the sense that there was no one with whom to compare him.