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Analysis of the Great Divergence under a Unified Endogenous Growth Model

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  • Kunting Chen

    (Business School, Ningbo University)

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Recently published research that attempts to explain the Great Divergence mainly focuses on geography, technological progress, and international trade. However, we do not believe these are its only - or even the most basic - causes. Instead, we submit that the 'social culture' of a country or a region is the most fundamental reason and incorporates these other causes, thereby providing a reasonable unified explanation. This paper is mainly based on a very simple two-sector benchmark model that simulates the economic characteristics of England and the Yangzi Delta of China during 1400-1850. It explores aspects of this transition period, and obtains many meaningful results that are consistent with Unified Growth theory, which is usually based on very complex models.

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  • Kunting Chen, 2012. "Analysis of the Great Divergence under a Unified Endogenous Growth Model," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 13(2), pages 317-353, November.
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    Keywords

    The industrial revolution; The great divergence; Difference of culture and systems;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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