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What Drives the Historical Formation and Persistent Development of Territorial States?

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  • James B. ANG

    (Division of Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 637332.)

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The importance of the length of state history for understanding variations in income levels, growth rates, quality of institutions and income distribution across countries has received a lot of attention in the recent literature on long-run comparative development. The literature, however, is silent about its deep historical origins. Against this backdrop, this paper makes the first attempt to explore the determinants of statehood by considering the potential roles of an early transition to fully-fledged agricultural production, the adoption of state-of-the-art military innovations, and the opportunity for economic interaction with the regional economic leader. The results demonstrate that only the association between economic interaction and the rise and development of the state is statistically robust.

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  • James B. ANG, 2014. "What Drives the Historical Formation and Persistent Development of Territorial States?," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1405, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
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    state antiquity; nation formation; long-run comparative economic development;

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    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • 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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