Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 B.C.?
The Brookings Institution
New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Brookings Global Economy and Development Working Paper No. 10
We assemble a dataset on technology adoption in 1000 B.C., 0 A.D., and 1500 A.D. for the predecessors of today's nation states. We find that this very old history of technology adoption is surprisingly significant for today's national development outcomes. Although our strongest results are for 1500 A.D., we find that even technology as old as 1000 B.C. is associated with today's outcomes in some plausible specifications.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: Africa growth and development, global economics, development, technologyworking papers series
Date posted: January 3, 2008
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