Inequality in Land Ownership, the Emergence of Human Capital Promoting Institutions and the Great Divergence

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Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Omer Moav

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Dietrich Vollrath

University of Houston - Department of Economics

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Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper suggests that inequality in the distribution of land ownership adversely affected the emergence of human capital promoting institutions (e.g., public schooling) and thus the pace and the nature of the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy, contributing to the emergence of the great divergence in income per capita across countries. The prediction of the theory regarding the adverse effect of the concentration of land ownership on education expenditure is established empirically based on evidence from the beginning of the 20th century in the US.

Keywords: Geography, Great Divergence, Growth, Human capital, Institutions, Land Inequality

JEL Classification: O10, O40

Suggested Citation

Galor, Oded and Moav, Omer and Vollrath, Dietrich, Inequality in Land Ownership, the Emergence of Human Capital Promoting Institutions and the Great Divergence (March 1, 2008). , Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141656

Oded Galor (Contact Author)

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Omer Moav

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/moav

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Dietrich Vollrath

University of Houston - Department of Economics ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-5882
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.uh.edu/~devollra

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