Comparative Historical Political Economy

17 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Aug 2015

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics; Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Peter T. Leeson

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: 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.

Keywords: competitiveness, comparative political economy, institutions

JEL Classification: B52, O10, P50

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and 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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