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On the Simultaneous Emergence of Money and the State

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We construct a infinite-horizon political game where the production of a public good is delegated to a politician. The politician is controlled by finitely many citizens who, on the other hand, trade commodities and pay taxes on a voluntary basis. We provide conditions in terms of heterogenous beliefs under one single commodity is used both as a universal means of exchange and a means to pay taxes. These provide an analytical framework for the understanding of money as originating both from the private and the public sector simultaneously.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne in its series Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne with number 12094.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:12094

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Keywords: Money; strategic market game; political economy; heterogenous beliefs.;

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