Wars, Taxation and Representation: Evidence from Five Centuries of German History

Mer, 25/05/2022 - 12:00 / 13:00

401, Viale Romania

Speaker: Luigi Pascali , Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract

(with S. Becker, A. Ferrara and E. Melander)

We provide causal evidence for the role of conflicts in the development of medieval constitutionalism and document the long shadow of this institutional development on the rise of modern states in Central Europe. Using novel data on the universe of German cities between 1290 and 1710 and an identification strategy relying on the gender of the firstborn children of local nobles, we show that: 1) conflicts resulted in more representative and elected city councils, 2) conflicts led to the development of local fiscal capacity, 3) territories with higher fiscal capacity were those that greatly expanded after the Military Revolution.

Further info at: Wars, Taxation and Representation: Evidence from Five Centuries of German History