The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Davidson, David (1854–1942)

  • Carl G. Uhr
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Born into a Jewish merchant family in Stockholm, Davidson studied law and economics at Uppsala University from 1871, became a docent in 1878, professor extraordinarius from 1880 to 1889, and then professor ordinarius for 30 years until he retired in 1919. Frequently called on to serve on parliamentary committees from 1891 to 1931, Davidson’s influence was strongly felt on Sweden’s monetary and tax policies, for instance the ‘gold exclusion policy’ of 1916–1924.


Böhm-Bawerk, E. von Capital gains taxation Capital theory Consumption taxation Davidson, D. Progressive taxation Taxation of income Taxation of wealth Wicksell, J. G. K 

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  • Carl G. Uhr
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