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In Good Company: About Agency and Economic Development in Global Perspective

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  • Jan Luiten van Zanden

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    (Department of Economics, Universities of Utrech and Stellenbosch)

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The paper discusses some evidence, based on a review of new literature on economic history, about what is referred to as the Sen-hypothesis, that increasing human agency (of both men and women) is a key factor in economic development. It briefly discusses various dimensions of agency (or its absence): slavery (as the absolute suppression of human agency), access to markets, agency concerning marriage, and political participation. This concept perhaps also allows economic historians to move beyond the historical determinism that is central to much recent work in this field.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 23/2011.

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  1. Jan Luiten van Zanden & Jaco Zuijderduijn & Tine De Moor, 2012. "Small is beautiful: the efficiency of credit markets in the late medieval Holland," European Review of Economic History, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(1), pages 3-22, February.
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  9. Edward Glaeser & Giacomo Ponzetto & Andrei Shleifer, 2007. "Why does democracy need education?," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 77-99, June.
  10. Tine De Moor & Jan Luiten Van Zanden, 2010. "Girl power: the European marriage pattern and labour markets in the North Sea region in the late medieval and early modern period -super-1," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 63(1), pages 1-33, 02.
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  1. On Agency
    by Johan Fourie in Johan Fourie's Blog on 2012-01-25 10:08:22
  2. Agency condition e história econômica
    by Thomas H. Kang in Oikomania on 2012-03-28 12:45:00
  3. Of Good and Better Companies: Reflections On Agency and Economic History
    by Manuel Bautista in NEP-HIS blog on 2012-03-26 04:12:06
  4. Of Good and Better Companies: Reflections On Agency and Economic History
    by Manuel Bautista in NEP-HIS blog on 2012-03-26 04:12:06
  5. Of Good and Better Companies: Reflections On Agency and Economic History
    by Manuel Bautista in NEP-HIS blog on 2012-03-26 04:12:06

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