Book Production and the Onset of Modern Economic Growth

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2007

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Jörg Baten

University of Tuebingen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Jan Luiten van Zanden

International Institute of Social History; Utrecht University

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

Endogenous growth theory suggests that human capital formation plays a significant role for the 'wealth and poverty of nations.' In contrast to previous studies which denied the role of human capital as a crucial determinant of for really long-term growth, we confirm its importance. Indicators of human capital like literacy rates are lacking for the period of 1450-1913; hence, we use per capita book production as a proxy for advanced literacy skills. This study explains how, and to what extent, growth disparities are a function of human capital formation.

Keywords: Book Production, Economic Growth, Human Capital

JEL Classification: O14, O40, N10

Suggested Citation

Baten, Jorg and Luiten van Zanden, Jan, Book Production and the Onset of Modern Economic Growth (April 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1003128 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1003128

Jorg Baten (Contact Author)

University of Tuebingen - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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United Kingdom

Jan Luiten van Zanden

International Institute of Social History ( email )

1019 AT Amsterdam
Netherlands

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

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