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Wars, Local Political Institutions, and Fiscal Capacity: Evidence from Six Centuries of German History

12:30 | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

English

Luigi Pascali

Luigi Pascali

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The workshop explores the effect of warfare on the development of state capacity and representative institutions using novel data on cities and territories in the German lands between 1200 and 1750. More specifically, Luigi Pascali of Universitat Pompeu Fabra shows that cities with a higher conflict exposure establish more sophisticated tax systems, but also develop larger councils, councils that are more likely to be elected by citizens, and more likely to be independent of other local institutions. These results are consistent with the idea of a trade-off between more efficient taxation and power sharing proposed in earlier work. Luigi and his team make headway on establishing a causal role of wars by using changes to German nobles’ positions within the European nobility network to instrument for conflict.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

Luigi Pascali

English

The Society decided to launch the Quantitative History Webinar Series in Spring 2020 through Zoom given the Covid-19 pandemic. We hereby thank the Asia Global Institute for hosting our Economic History Workshops from September 2018 to January 2020.

While we hope to resume in-person events as soon as the city can get beyond this pandemic, please stay tuned for further updates.

We thank the Asia Global Institute for organizing this workshop. 

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