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State and Development: A Historical Study of Europe from 0 AD to 2000 AD

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  • S.P. Harish

    () (New York University)

  • Christopher Paik

    () (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Abstract

State presence and longevity have long been associated with growth and development, and yet analyzing their relationship remains challenging as both the length of state rule and geographical boundaries change over time. After addressing conceptual and practical concerns on its construction, we present a measure of the mean duration of state rule that is aimed at resolving some of these issues. We then present our findings on the relationship between our measure and local development, drawing from observations in Europe spanning from 0 AD to 2000 AD. We find that during this period, the mean duration of state rule and the local income level have a nonlinear, inverse U-shaped relationship, controlling for a set of historical, geographic and socioeconomic factors. Regions that have historically experienced short or long duration of state rule on average lag behind in their local wealth today, while those that have experienced medium-duration state rule on average fare better.

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  • S.P. Harish & Christopher Paik, 2016. "State and Development: A Historical Study of Europe from 0 AD to 2000 AD," HiCN Working Papers 219, Households in Conflict Network.
  • Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:219
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    Keywords

    Development; Economic Output; Sovereign Turnovers;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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