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The Origins of State Capacity: Property Rights, Taxation, and Politics

Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson

NBER Working Paper No. 13028
Issued in April 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

The authors are grateful to Daron Acemoglu, Oriana Bandiera, Steve Coate, Avner Grief, Patrick O'Brien, Andrei Shleifer, Barry Weingast and seminar participants at Oxford and Stanford for useful comments and discussions We also thank Mick Keen for providing us with with data, Dario Caldara for excellent research assistance, and to the CIAR, the Swedish Research Council, the ESRC, and the Tore Browaldh Foundation for financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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