The Inheritances that Matter Most

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Inheritances can be controversial because some people inherit enormous wealth while others inherit nothing or even debts. Due to this apparent inequity, even the archconservative economist James Buchanan supported massive inheritance taxes. By contrast, another free-market economist, Milton Friedman, argued such taxes are inefficient because they encourage people to consume during their lifetimes rather than save, which is better for economic growth. 

The monetary inheritances we receive, if any, from our parents are only a fraction of what we inherit in total. Over time, technology and knowledge are the primary inheritances that are passed down from one generation to the next. Meanwhile, we all benefit from them. 

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