TITLE

The Swedish lighthouse system 1650-1890: private versus public provision of public goods

AUTHOR(S)
LINDBERG, ERIK
PUB. DATE
November 2015
SOURCE
European Review of Economic History;Nov2015, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p454
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper uses the history of lighthouses in Sweden to discuss the relative roles of public and private productions of public goods in a developing economy. In Sweden, like in England, there were private lighthouses financed by light dues levied on ships calling at particular harbors. However, private provision generally played a marginal role in the expansion of sea safety arrangements. The provision of large-scale public goods in a developing economy such as Sweden relied on public, not private, provision. Merchants were willing to pay taxes in order to contribute to public sector investments in public goods.
ACCESSION #
110556829

 

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