State Capacity and Long-Run Performance
IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies
California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
October 29, 2012
We present new evidence about the long-term links between state capacity and economic performance. Our database is novel and spans 11 countries and 4 centuries in Europe, the birthplace of modern economic growth. Using standard panel data methods, we find that the performance impacts of states with modern extractive and productive capabilities are significant, large, and robust to a wide variety of specifications, controls, and modeling techniques.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: political regime types, state capacity, public services, economic performance, European history
JEL Classification: C33, H11, H41, N43, O23, P48working papers series
Date posted: April 25, 2012 ; Last revised: October 30, 2012
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