Title: How beer created Belgium: a story of war, taxes and borders
Authors: Deconinck, Koen
Swinnen, Jo
Issue Date: 2012
Conference: Beeronomics Conference edition:3 location:York, UK date:17-21 September 2013
Abstract: The present-day border between Belgium and the Netherlands traces back to the separation of the Low Countries after the Dutch Revolt (1566-1648) against Spanish rule. The
capacity to finance war expenditures played a central role in the outcome of this conflict. Excise taxes on beer consumption were the single largest income source in Holland, the leading province of the Dutch Republic. Beer taxes thus played a crucial role in financing the Dutch
Revolt which led to the separation of the Low Countries and, eventually, the creation of Belgium.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Development Economics, Leuven
LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven

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