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El origen colonial de las diferencias del desarrollo entre países: el neoinstitucionalismo e Hispanoamérica


  • Álvaro Albán Moreno

    () (Universidad Libre)


This article presents and discusses the hypothesis and results of Acemoglu and his colleagues, regarding the colonial origin of development, and reviews the main historical facts of that period to show the scope and limitations of his theory regarding Spanish-America. When the correlation European settlements-initial institutions-present institutions-present performance is framed in the political, economic and cultural facts of the colonial context, it is shown that it is a simplistic, biased and ethnocentric view of development.

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  • Álvaro Albán Moreno, 2008. "El origen colonial de las diferencias del desarrollo entre países: el neoinstitucionalismo e Hispanoamérica," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 10(19), pages 235-264, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:10:y:2008:i:19:p:235-264

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    1. Jaime Bonet & Adolfo Meisel Roca, 2006. "El legado colonial como determinante del ingreso per cápita departamental en Colombia," Documentos de Trabajo Sobre Economía Regional y Urbana 002520, Banco de la República - Economía Regional.
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    neoinstitutionalism; colony; development; history;

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    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative


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