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Efficiency and Continuity in Public Finance: The Ottoman System of Taxation

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  • Metin M. Cosgel

    (University of Connecticut)

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Economic historians have recently emphasized the importance of integrating economic and historical approaches in studying institutions. The literature on the Ottoman system of taxation, however, has continued to adopt a primarily historical approach, using ad hoc categories of classification and explaining the system through its continuities with the historical precedent. This paper integrates economic and historical approaches to examine the structure, efficiency, and regional diversity of the tax system. The structure of the system made it possible for the Ottomans to economize on the transaction cost of measuring the tax base. Regional variations resulted from both efficient adaptations and institutional rigidities.

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  • Metin M. Cosgel, 2004. "Efficiency and Continuity in Public Finance: The Ottoman System of Taxation," Working papers 2004-02, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2004-02 Note: This working paper previously circulated under the title "The Economics of Ottoman Taxation"
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    1. Lanse Minkler & Thomas Miceli, 2004. "Lying, Integrity, and Cooperation," Review of Social Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 27-50.
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    1. Mehmet Serkan Tosun & Serdar Yilmaz, 2010. "Centralization, Decentralization And Conflict In The Middle East And North Africa," Middle East Development Journal (MEDJ), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 2(01), pages 1-14.
    2. Zafar Iqbal & Mervyn K. Lewis, 2014. "Zakat and the economy," Chapters,in: Handbook on Islam and Economic Life, chapter 23, pages iii-iii Edward Elgar Publishing.

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