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Taxing losses: economic suicide or shrewd trade policy?

Butler, J. S. and Weinhold, Diana ORCID: 0000-0002-0002-9378 (2002) Taxing losses: economic suicide or shrewd trade policy? Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 33 (1). pp. 47-57. ISSN 0022-1953

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Identification Number: 10.1162/00221950260029011


The ancient Nabateans had an economic law that penalized those who diminished and rewarded those who increased the common property. Normally, such a law could reduce long-run growth, but the Nabateans flourished. In the context of their nearly pure trade economy, this law enhanced the city of Petra's ability to accumulate wealth by discouraging competitive price reductions (a strategic trade policy). Under general assumptions, the policy would also have penalized inefficient traders, reduced the number of traders, and increased aggregate saving.

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Additional Information: © 2002 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the editors of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008 10:28
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:01

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