History, Microdata, and Endogenous Growth

Posted: 4 Sep 2019

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Ufuk Akcigit

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Tom Nicholas

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

The study of economic growth is concerned with long-run changes, and therefore, historical data should be especially influential in informing the development of new theories. In this review, we draw on the recent literature to highlight areas in which study of history has played a particularly prominent role in improving our understanding of growth dynamics. Research at the intersection of historical data, theory, and empirics has the potential to reframe how we think about economic growth in much the same way that historical perspectives helped to shape the first generation of endogenous growth theories.

Suggested Citation

Akcigit, Ufuk and Nicholas, Tom, History, Microdata, and Endogenous Growth (August 2019). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 11, pp. 615-633, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-080218-030204

Ufuk Akcigit

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Tom Nicholas (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02163
United States

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