Democratization, De Facto Power, and Taxation: Evidence from Military Occupation During Reconstruction

  title={Democratization, De Facto Power, and Taxation: Evidence from Military Occupation During Reconstruction},
  author={Mario Chac{\'o}n and Jeffrey L. Jensen},
  journal={Comparative Political Economy: Fiscal Policy eJournal},
How important is the enforcement of political rights in new democracies? The authors use the enfranchisement of the emancipated slaves following the American Civil War to study this question. Critical to their strategy, black suffrage was externally enforced by the United States Army in ten Southern states during Reconstruction. The authors employ a triple-difference model to estimate the joint effect of enfranchisement and its enforcement on taxation. They find that counties with greater black… 
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