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Author Menaldo, Victor
Title Banking on redistribution in Latin America: Transaction costs, democracy, and fiscal redistribution in Latin America from 1808 to 2008
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Descript 275 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 70-10, Section: A, page: 4032
Adviser: Stephen Haber
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2009
Do the poor soak the rich after a transition to democracy? I seek to answer that question by focusing attention on Latin America's political and fiscal history since independence. This is a highly unequal region of the world where we should not only expect redistribution after a democratic transition, but expect a whole lot of it. My dissertation argues and demonstrates that a democracy can only redistribute from the rich to the poor when a critical mass of citizens keeps their money in the bank, thus allowing the tax authorities to identify tax obligations, verify compliance, conduct audits, and deter evasion with self-assessed tax returns. It is the combination of the low enforcement costs provided by a large banking system and suffrage that is critical for diminishing inequality through the tax code
School code: 0212
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 70-10A
Subject History, Latin American
Economics, History
Political Science, General
Alt Author Stanford University
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