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Long-run Causes of Comparative Development: An Interpretation of the Recent Evidence

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  • Stephen C. Smith

    () (Department of Economics/Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

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What explains the extreme variations in development achievement, among LDCs, and between developing and developed countries? This paper present a schematic framework for the interpretation of some influential recent contributions to the study of the majo long-run causes of comparative development. The major emphasis is placed on what has been learned recently about the role of institutions in relation to other factors, through the use of centuries rather than decades of data.

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  • Stephen C. Smith, 2008. "Long-run Causes of Comparative Development: An Interpretation of the Recent Evidence," Working Papers 2008-13, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:gwi:wpaper:2008-13
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    1. Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson & James A. Robinson & Pierre Yared, 2005. "From Education to Democracy?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 95(2), pages 44-49, May.
    2. James Feyrer & Bruce Sacerdote, 2009. "Colonialism and Modern Income: Islands as Natural Experiments," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 91(2), pages 245-262, May.
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    Keywords

    comparative development; institutions; geography; colonialism; inequality; property rights; economic opportunity;

    JEL classification:

    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative

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