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Peasants versus City-Dwellers – Taxation and the Burden of Economic Development - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Peasants versus City-Dwellers: Taxation and the Burden of Economic Development

Raaj K. Sah and Joseph E. Stiglitz


This book addresses one of development’s major issues: that during the early phases of economic development, there are often serious conflicts between the interests of town and country. The Corn Law Debate in England, the economic conflicts between the North and the South prior to the US Civil War, and the Soviet Industrialization Debate are among the historical examples mentioned in the book. Most of today’s countries face town versus country tensions of increasing severity, including such issues as who should pay how much in taxes, who should get how much in subsidies, and what forms the tax ... More

Keywords: city-dwellers, conflict, developing countries, economic development, history, LDCs, less developed countries, peasants, rural sector, subsidies, taxation, taxes, urban sector

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199253579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raaj K. Sah, author
University of Chicago
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Joseph E. Stiglitz, author
Columbia University
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