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Commercial Revolutions, Search, and Development

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  • Maurizio Iacopetta

    (OFCE/Sciences Po and SKEMA Business School)

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A society can reap more benefits generated by an improvement in communication and transportation when the gap between privileged and less-privileged individuals is small. This hypothesis is investigated in a Kiyotaki-Wright search environment where people enjoy different rental positions. Historical evidence about the rise of Italian seaport cities during the Middle Ages, of the Netherlands in the 17th century, and about the French nobility's resistance to trade during the pre-revolutionary period is used to support the hypothesis.

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  • Maurizio Iacopetta, 2016. "Commercial Revolutions, Search, and Development," 2016 Meeting Papers 1394, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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