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Autoren: 
Aidt, Toke
Jensen, Peter S.
Datum: 
2013
Schriftenreihe/Nr.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 4132
Zusammenfassung: 
We study the consequences of franchise extension and ballot reform for the size of government in Western Europe between 1820 and 1913. We find that franchise extension exhibits a U-shaped association with revenue per capita and a positive association with spending per capita. Instrumental variables estimates, however, suggest that the U-shaped relationship may be non-causal and our fixed effects estimates point to substantial cross-country heterogeneity. Further, we find that the secret ballot did not matter for tax revenues per capita but might have expanded the size of government relative to GDP.
Schlagwörter: 
suffrage
threat of revolution
taxation
size of government
JEL: 
D70
P16
Dokumentart: 
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