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Fiscal capacity and warfare in Europe and Latin America in the long nineteenth century (1789-1913).

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "WARCAP" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Paradisgatan 5c
city: LUND
postcode: 22100
website: n.a.

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙857 €
 EC max contribution 173˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2019-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    LUNDS UNIVERSITET SE (LUND) coordinator 173˙857.00


 Project objective

This project seeks to contribute to understanding the impact of warfare on the expansion of fiscal capacity in the long nineteenth century (1789-1913) in Europe and Latin America. The relationship between late-modern warfare and fiscal institutions has been a contested issue. Even though wars may exert a negative short-time impact on public revenues due to the physical destruction that they cause, several authors have suggested that over the long run they may promote fiscal innovations that improve the government’s capacity to collect taxes. However, our knowledge about state-making and the rise of fiscal capacity in late modern times is still insufficient. To begin with, much more emphasis should be placed in the effects exerted by limited and civil wars. Unlike mass warfare, limited and civil wars do not necessarily trigger the social and political changes associated to permanent increases of public revenues. Secondly, the interaction between warfare and economic and political factors still remains open to question.

In order to address these unresolved issues, the project aims at making use of a mixed-methods approach that brings together quantitative and qualitative techniques. Firstly, I seek to conduct statistical analyses of large N-samples by means of collecting new long-term annual series of public revenues and expenditure. While the lack of data has been an unavoidable setback for previous analyses, recent new datasets are closing this gap (including the one that I elaborated during my PhD program, as well the databases elaborated by members of the STANCE project at Lund University). Secondly, I seek to narrow down the analysis to focus on several case studies in Europe and Latin America. The qualitative analysis of these specific case studies will help the research project to assess the plausibility of the previous statistical results and to explore more in depth the micro-foundations of these relationships.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Goenaga, Agustín Sabaté, Oriol Teorell, Jan
War and state capacity in the long nineteenth century
published pages: 65, ISSN: , DOI:
STANCE Working Paper Series Vol. 2018, No. 6 2019-11-26
2019 Torregrosa-Hetland, Sara Sabaté, Oriol
Income tax progressivity and war inflation during the two World Wars
published pages: 34, ISSN: , DOI:
STANCE Working Paper Series Vol. 2019, No.1 2019-11-26

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