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Drivers and constraints of state confiscation of elite property in the Ottoman Empire, 1750-1839

Arslantas, Yasin (2018) Drivers and constraints of state confiscation of elite property in the Ottoman Empire, 1750-1839. Economic History working papers (280/2018). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper examines the motives, timing and informal constraints of state confiscation in the Ottoman Empire, focusing on one of its most turbulent and confiscatory periods, 1750-1839. Utilizing a new dataset uncovered from confiscation inventories, I first demonstrate that confiscations were practiced on a selective basis, targeting some office-holders and tax farmers. Second, employing a two-step econometric framework inspired by the gradual nature of Ottoman confiscations, I argue that the initial decision whether to send an agent to confiscate one’s wealth was driven mainly by severity of war and expected costs of confiscation, while attributes of wealth and bargaining power of families vis-à-vis the central administration shaped the outcome of the second step.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government
N - Economic History > N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions > N25 - Asia including Middle East
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P48 - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 11:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:14

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