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Living standards and growth

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  • Kevin H. O'Rourke
  • Cormac Ó Gráda

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Why did the West grow so rapidly over the last 500 years, while much of therest of the world stagnated? And why several countries, especially in East Asia, grown so fast over the last half-century? If we can understand these growth experiences, and identify the forces which made them possible, we will be a lot closer to understanding what it is that poor countries today must do is they are to escape poverty. More modestly, we will be better able to judge Ireland's growth performance since World War II, and think about the reasons why it underperformed for so long, before succeeding so spectacularly in the 1990s.
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  • Kevin H. O'Rourke & Cormac Ó Gráda, 2000. "Living standards and growth," Open Access publications 10197/467, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    1. Quamrul Ashraf & Oded Galor, 2011. "Dynamics and Stagnation in the Malthusian Epoch," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(5), pages 2003-2041, August.
    2. Cormac Ó Gráda, 2005. "You take the high road and I’ll take the low road : economic success and wellbeing in the longer run," Working Papers 200510, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    3. Sara LaLumia & James Sallee, 2013. "The value of honesty: empirical estimates from the case of the missing children," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 20(2), pages 192-224, April.
    4. Crafts, Nicholas & O’Rourke, Kevin Hjortshøj, 2014. "Twentieth Century Growth*This research has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement no. 249546.," Handbook of Economic Growth,in: Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 6, pages 263-346 Elsevier.

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    Keywords

    Cost and standard of living--Ireland; Economic development--Ireland;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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