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New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs

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New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs. / Melki, Mickael; Pickering, Andrew Christopher.

07. ed. Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, 2019.

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Melki, M & Pickering, AC 2019 'New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs' 07 edn, Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York. <https://www.york.ac.uk/media/economics/documents/discussionpapers/2019/1907.pdf>

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Melki, M., & Pickering, A. C. (2019). New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs. (07 ed.) Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York. https://www.york.ac.uk/media/economics/documents/discussionpapers/2019/1907.pdf

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Melki M, Pickering AC. New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs. 07 ed. Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York. 2019 May.

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Melki, Mickael ; Pickering, Andrew Christopher. / New Evidence on the Historical Growth of Government in Europe: The Role of Labor Costs. 07. ed. Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, 2019.

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