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Macroeconomic Features of the French Revolution

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  • Sargent, Thomas J
  • Velde, Francois R

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This paper describes aspects of the French Revolution from the perspective of theories about money and government budget constraints. The authors describe how unpleasant fiscal arithmetic gripped the Old Regime, how the Estates General responded to reorganize France's fiscal affairs, and how fiscal exigencies impelled the Revolution into a procession of monetary experiments ending in hyperinflation. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Sargent, Thomas J & Velde, Francois R, 1995. "Macroeconomic Features of the French Revolution," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 103(3), pages 474-518, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:103:y:1995:i:3:p:474-518
    DOI: 10.1086/261992
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