David W. Galenson

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Professor

1126 East 59th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (63)

1.

Revising the Canon: How Andy Warhol Became the Most Important American Modern Artist

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2021-14
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 04 Feb 2021
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Do the Most Important Artists Make the Most Expensive Paintings?

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2018-73
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 08 Feb 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 473 (115,805)
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Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

NBER Working Paper No. w15073
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 04 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 10 Mar 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Creative Life Cycles: Three Myths

Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 2016-28
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 21 Dec 2016
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 353 (161,906)
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Creativity, Innovation, Ageism

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The Nature of Creativity in Old Age

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2019-67
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 14 May 2019
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 316 (182,155)
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creativity, aging, innovation

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Artists and the Market: From Leonardo and Titian to Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst

NBER Working Paper No. w13377
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 16 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Anticipating Artistic Success (or, How to Beat the Art Market): Lessons from History

NBER Working Paper No. w11152
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 26 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 23 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 256 (226,281)
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Analyzing Artistic Innovation: The Greatest Breakthroughs of the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w12185
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 20 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 26 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Quantifying Artistic Success: Ranking French Painters - and Paintings - from Impressionism to Cubism

NBER Working Paper No. w7407
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 29 Sep 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Quantifying Artistic Success: Ranking French Painters - and Paintings - from Impressionism to Cubism

NBER Working Paper No. w7407
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 01 Apr 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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One Hit Wonders: Why Some of the Most Important Works of Modern Art are Not by Important Artists

NBER Working Paper No. w10885
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 04 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 30 Sep 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Life Cycles of Modern Artists: Theory, Measurement, and Implications

NBER Working Paper No. w9539
Number of pages: 140 Posted: 08 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Young Geniuses and Old Masters: The Life Cycles of Great Artists from Masaccio to Jasper Johns

NBER Working Paper No. w8368
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 15 May 2022
David W. Galenson and Robert Jensen
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and University of Kentucky
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Young Geniuses and Old Masters: The Life Cycles of Great Artists from Masaccio to Jasper Johns

NBER Working Paper No. w8368
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 16 May 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Greatest Artists of the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w11899
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 16 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Careers and Canvases: The Rise of the Market for Modern Art in the Nineteenth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w9123
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 06 Jun 2020 Last Revised: 07 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson and Robert Jensen
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and University of Kentucky
Downloads 162 (344,769)
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A Conceptual World: Why the Art of the Twentieth Century is so Different from the Art of All Earlier Centuries

NBER Working Paper No. w12499
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 02 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 28 Aug 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Experimental Entrepreneurs

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2022-08
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 21 Jan 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Very Young or Very Old Innovator: Creativity at the Extremes of the Life Cycle

NBER Working Paper No. w10515
Number of pages: 86 Posted: 26 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Who are the Greatest Living Artists? The View from the Auction Market

NBER Working Paper No. w11644
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 23 Nov 2005 Last Revised: 27 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 148 (371,582)
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The Careers of Modern Artists: Evidence from Auctions of Contemporary Paintings

NBER Working Paper No. w6331
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 04 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Careers of Modern Artists: Evidence from Auctions of Contemporary Paintings

NBER Working Paper No. w6331
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 19 Oct 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Hidden Genius

Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 2018-5
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 27 Jan 2018
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Creative Careers: The Life Cycles of Nobel Laureates in Economics

NBER Working Paper No. w11799
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 02 Mar 2006 Last Revised: 29 Sep 2022
Bruce A. Weinberg and David W. Galenson
Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics and University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Greatest Photographers of the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w15278
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 01 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 01 Apr 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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From "White Christmas" to Sgt. Pepper: The Conceptual Revolution in Popular Music

NBER Working Paper No. w13308
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 10 Aug 2007 Last Revised: 13 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Pricing Genius: The Market Evaluation of Innovation

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 29 Jul 2015
David W. Galenson and Simone Lenzu
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and New York University, Stern School of Business
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pricing, innovation, auctions, creativity

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The Most Important Works of Art of the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w12058
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 15 Jun 2020 Last Revised: 14 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Late Bloomers in the Arts and Sciences: Answers and Questions

NBER Working Paper No. w15838
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last Revised: 12 Apr 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Portraits of the Artist: Personal Visual Art in the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w13939
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 04 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 04 Aug 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Wisdom and Creativity in Old Age: Lessons from the Impressionists

NBER Working Paper No. w13190
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 20 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 16 Jan 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Pricing Revolution: From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art

Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 14
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 04 Jan 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Literary Life Cycles: The Careers of Modern American Poets

NBER Working Paper No. w9856
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 23 Jul 2003 Last Revised: 08 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Lives of the Painters of Modern Life: the Careers of Artists in France from Impressionism to Cubism

NBER Working Paper No. w6888
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 04 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 29 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Lives of the Painters of Modern Life: the Careers of Artists in France from Impressionism to Cubism

NBER Working Paper No. w6888
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 01 May 2020
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Greatest Architects of the Twentieth Century: Goals, Methods, and Life Cycles

NBER Working Paper No. w14182
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 21 Jul 2008 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Language in Visual Art: The Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w13845
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 01 May 2020 Last Revised: 31 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Understanding Creativity

NBER Working Paper No. w16024
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 04 Jun 2010 Last Revised: 15 Apr 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Understanding Creativity

Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 351-362, November 2010
Posted: 19 Feb 2011
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics

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Creativity, Experimental Innovators, Conceptual Innovators

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Two Old Masters and a Young Genius: The Creativity of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Jean-Michel Basquiat

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2023-65
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 04 May 2023 Last Revised: 10 May 2023
David W. Galenson and Simone Lenzu
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and New York University, Stern School of Business
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Who Were the Greatest Women Artists of the Twentieth Century? A Quantitative Investigation

NBER Working Paper No. w12928
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 May 2020 Last Revised: 30 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Masterpieces and Markets: Why the Most Famous Modern Paintings are Not by American Artists

NBER Working Paper No. w8549
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 18 Oct 2001 Last Revised: 12 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Innovators: Songwriters

NBER Working Paper No. w15511
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 17 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 21 May 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Innovators: Architects

NBER Working Paper No. w15661
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 18 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 17 Apr 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Life Cycles of Modern Artists

NBER Working Paper No. w8779
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 07 Feb 2002 Last Revised: 29 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Do the Young British Artists Rule (or: Has London Stolen the Idea of Postmodern Art from New York?): Evidence from the Auction Market

NBER Working Paper No. w11715
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 16 Jan 2006 Last Revised: 07 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 99 (502,440)
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young or Old Innovator: Measuring the Careers of Modern Novelists

NBER Working Paper No. w10213
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 16 Jan 2004 Last Revised: 28 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Two Paths to Abstract Art: Kandinsky and Malevich

NBER Working Paper No. w12403
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 29 May 2020 Last Revised: 23 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Globalization of Advanced Art in the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w14005
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 10 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 09 Oct 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Was Jackson Pollock the Greatest Modern American Painter? A Quantitative Investigation

NBER Working Paper No. w8830
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 08 Mar 2002 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 94 (519,718)
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The Back Story of Twentieth-Century Art

NBER Working Paper No. w14066
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 09 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Rise and (Partial) Fall of Abstract Painting in the Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w13744
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 23 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 23 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Age and the Quality of Work: the Case of Modern American Painters

NBER Working Paper No. w7122
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 26 Aug 1999 Last Revised: 19 Jun 2022
David W. Galenson and Bruce A. Weinberg
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics
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From the New Wave to the New Hollywood: The Life Cycles of Important Movie Directors from Godard and Truffaut to Spielberg and Eastwood

NBER Working Paper No. w14150
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 30 Jun 2008 Last Revised: 01 Sep 2022
David W. Galenson and Joshua Kotin
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and Chicago Review
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Filming Images or Filming Reality: The Life Cycles of Movie Directors from D.W. Griffith to Federico Fellini

NBER Working Paper No. w11486
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 29 May 2020 Last Revised: 22 May 2022
David W. Galenson and Joshua Kotin
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and Chicago Review
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And Now for Something Completely Different: The Versatility of Conceptual Innovators

NBER Working Paper No. w12034
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 04 May 2006 Last Revised: 20 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The Reappearing Masterpiece: Ranking American Artists and Art Works of the Late Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w9935
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 17 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 26 Aug 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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The New York School vs. The School of Paris: Who Really Made the Most Important Art after World War Ii?

NBER Working Paper No. w9149
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 15 Sep 2002 Last Revised: 03 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Toward Abstraction: Ranking European Painters of the Early Twentieth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w11501
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 01 Sep 2005 Last Revised: 05 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Measuring Masters and Masterpieces: French Rankings of French Painters and Paintings from Realism to Surrealism

NBER Working Paper No. w8266
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 04 Aug 2022
Martin Bruegel and David W. Galenson
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) - Laboratoire du Recherch sur la Consommation and University of Chicago - Department of Economics
Downloads 81 (569,893)
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The Methods and Careers of Leading American Painters in the Late Nineteenth Century

NBER Working Paper No. w11545
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 21 Sep 2005 Last Revised: 20 Jul 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Innovators: Filmmakers

NBER Working Paper No. w15930
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 26 Apr 2010 Last Revised: 13 Jul 2023
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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You Cannot Be Serious: The Conceptual Innovator as Trickster

NBER Working Paper No. w12599
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 20 Oct 2006 Last Revised: 05 Dec 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Painting by Proxy: The Conceptual Artist as Manufacturer

NBER Working Paper No. w12714
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 01 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 29 Sep 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Co-Authoring Advanced Art

NBER Working Paper No. w13484
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 12 May 2020 Last Revised: 06 Nov 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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On the Age at Leaving Home in the Early Nineteenth Century: Evidence from the Lives of New England Manufacturers

NBER Working Paper No. w1706
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 19 Jun 2004 Last Revised: 01 Sep 2022
David W. Galenson
University of Chicago - Department of Economics
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Economic and Geographic Mobility on the Farming Frontier: Evidence from Appanoose County, Iowa 1850-1870

NBER Working Paper No. h0004
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 22 Aug 2007 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2023
David W. Galenson and Clayne L. Pope
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and Brigham Young University
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Precedence and Wealth: Evidence from Nineteenth Century Utah

NBER Working Paper No. h0022
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 07 Nov 2007 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2023
David W. Galenson and Clayne L. Pope
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and Brigham Young University
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