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Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 B.C.?

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  • Diego Comin
  • William Easterly
  • Erick Gong

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We assemble a dataset on technology adoption in 1000 B.C., 0 A.D., and 1500 A.D. for the predecessors to today's nation states. We find that this very old history of technology adoption is surprisingly significant for today's national development outcomes. Although our strongest results are for 1500 A.D., we find that even technology as old as 1000 BC matters in some plausible specifications.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12657.

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Publication status: published as Diego Comin & William Easterly & Erick Gong, 2010. "Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 BC?," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 2(3), pages 65-97, July.
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