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I use both current and historical data to investigate long run trends in inequality and in the development of state institutions. I am the Julius Silver Professor in NYU’s Department of Politics and an Affiliated Professor in NYU’s School of Law, as well as its Department of History. Recently, together with Ken Scheve at Stanford, I published Taxing the Rich, a book that charts the evolution of progressive taxation in twenty countries over the last two centuries. Before that I published States of Credit and Public Debt and the Birth of the Democratic State, two books in which I explored the joint development of representative government and public borrowing in Europe during the medieval and early modern periods. I have also published a number of articles on these and related topics. I am currently working on a book under contract for Princeton University Press that will explore the history of government by consent in a global setting, charting the long rise of democracy in Europe in comparison with China, the Middle East, and other world regions.

Position: Professor

Institution / Affiliation : New York University

Geographical Region: Africa, North America
Methodology: Survey Methodology
Policy: Development