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Comparative Historical Political Economy


Peter J. Boettke


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Coyne


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Peter T. Leeson


George Mason University - Department of Economics

July 24, 2009


Abstract:     
Investigations of national competitiveness aim to trace the causal mechanisms behind patterns in wealth and poverty across societies. This paper argues that to be productive such investigations must be comparative, historical and political economic in nature. Comparative historical political economy is how social scientists generate useful knowledge about the wealth and poverty of nations. Our contribution is a methodology — or rather a collection of methodologies — for understanding national competitiveness and attempts to improve it: one focuses on political-economic analysis, another on historical analysis, and a third on comparative analysis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: competitiveness, comparative political economy, institutions

JEL Classification: B52, O10, P50


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Date posted: August 21, 2009 ; Last revised: August 12, 2015

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Boettke, Peter J. and Coyne, Christopher J. and Leeson, Peter T., Comparative Historical Political Economy (July 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1438363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1438363

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Christopher J. Coyne
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Peter T. Leeson (Contact Author)
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