Notes on Persistence and Economic Development

post by Sam Enright · 2021-07-20T16:19:39.073Z · EA · GW · None comments

Contents

  Persistence and institutions
  Growth and inequality
  Geography
  Colonialism
  Conclusion
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How much of economic development is determined by long-run historical forces, and how much of it by contingent leaders, thinkers, and events? I originally took these notes for an entry to an economics contest. They’re not rigorous in any way, but I thought it might be of interest to people on the forum. I originally posted this on my personal website.   

Persistence and institutions

Growth and inequality

Does reality drive straight lines on graphs, or do straight lines on graphs drive reality? Source

Geography

Colonialism

Conclusion

Thanks to Leopold Aschenbrenner, Gytis, and Cian Mullarkey for comments on drafts of this post. 

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