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Institutions, diseases, and economic progress: a unified framework

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  • BHATTACHARYYA, SAMBIT

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The sharp division between the 'institutions view' and the 'disease view' has been one of the distinctive features of the 'root causes of economic progress' literature. Based on evidence from cross-national data, the 'institutions school' claims that institutions are the only root cause of development, whereas the 'disease school' claims that diseases are also equally important. In this paper, I contribute to this literature by proposing a unified structure to marry the two conflicting views. I argue that overcoming diseases are of prime importance at an early stage of economic development, whereas institutions are more important at a later stage. I find support for this hypothesis in the development history literature on Africa, India, China and the Americas.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Journal of Institutional Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
Issue (Month): 01 (April)
Pages: 65-87

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Handle: RePEc:cup:jinsec:v:5:y:2009:i:01:p:65-87_00

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  1. Sambit Bhattacharyya, 2008. "Trade Liberalization And Institutional Development," Departmental Working Papers 2008-13, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  2. Tol, Richard S. J., 2011. "Poverty Traps and Climate Change," Papers WP413, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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