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The Origin of States - how farming shaped the world

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What’s on offer?

Join us for a free talk and Q&A with Professor Omer Moav from Warwick's Economics department in the stunning surrounding of Coventry's St Mary's Guildhall

What’s it about?

Have you ever wondered how civilisations developed? And why some countries today are so much richer than others? The long-established view, dating back to Economist Adam Smith (1723-1790), is that farming surplus led to taxation, which in turn led to the development of hierarchies. New research by Joram Mayshar, Omer Moav and Luigi Pascali challenges that view. They find that it was not farming surplus that affected the development of civilisations, but the types of crops grown. Join Professor Omer Moav in the stunning surroundings of St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry, to find out how farming has shaped the world.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Omer Moav, Economics, University of Warwick

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