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The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Acemoglu, Daron; Johnson, Simon; Robinson, James A.
Date: 2000
Agency: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Cambridge, MA
Series: NBER Working Paper Series, no. 7771
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5309
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): colonization--history
institutional analysis--research
economy
income distribution--history
Abstract: Subsequently published as: "The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation." American Economic Review 91(5):1369-1401. "We exploit differences in the mortality rates faced by European colonialists to estimate the effect of institutions on economic performance. Our argument is that Europeans adopted very different colonization policies in different colonies, with different associated institutions."

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