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The Development of Municipal Fire Departments in the United States

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Tags Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryMonopoly and Competition

This article is an inquiry into the reasons for government provision of a specific economic service-that of extinguishing fires-in the United States. It is, therefore, an inquiry into the reasons why fire companies or departments have rarely been, in the United States, privately owned and operated for profit. The purpose of the inquiry is to explain how and why this service came to be provided by government and to offer a general model to explain government provision of any particular good or service in a basically private enterprise economy.

Volume 3, Number 3 (1979)

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Anderson, Annelise G. "The Development of Municipal Fire Departments in the United States." Journal of Libertarian Studies 3, No.3 (1979): 331-360.