Economic Development in the Americas Since 1500: Endowments and Institutions

Economic Development in the Americas Since 1500: Endowments and Institutions

By: Kenneth L. Sokoloff (author), Stanley L. Engerman (author), Eric M. Zolt (contributor), Stephen Haber (contributor), Elisa V. Mariscal (contributor)Hardback

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This book brings together a number of previously published articles by Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. Its essays deal with differences in the rates of economic growth in Latin American and mainland North America, specifically the United States and Canada. It demonstrates how relative differences in growth over time are related to differences in the institutions that developed in different economies. This variation is driven by differences in major institutions - suffrage, education, tax policy, land and immigration policy, and banking and financial organizations. These factors, in turn, are all related to differences in endowments, climate and natural resources. Providing a comprehensive treatment of its topic, the essays have been revised to reflect new developments and research.

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Stanley L. Engerman is John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Slavery, Emancipation, and Freedom: Comparative Perspectives (2007), Naval Blockades in Peace and War (with Lance Davis, 2007) and Finance, Intermediaries, and Economic Development (with Philip T. Hoffman, Kenneth L. Sokoloff and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is a co-editor of the three-volume Cambridge Economic History of the United States (with Robert E. Gallman) and The Cambridge World History of Slavery (with Keith Bradley, Paul Cartledge and David Eltis). Kenneth L. Sokoloff (1952-2007) was a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many publications, he co-authored Human Capital and Institutions: A Long-Run View (with David Eltis and Frank D. Lewis, Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Finance, Intermediaries, and Economic Development (with Stanley L. Engerman, Philip T. Hoffman and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Cambridge University Press, 2003).


Beginnings: memoirs by two of Ken Sokoloff's friends and teachers Claudia Goldin and Stanley L. Engerman; Acknowledgments; Seminar presentations; Sources of funding; List of tables; List of figures; Introduction; 1. Paths of development: an overview; 2. Factor endowments and institutions with Stephen Haber; 3. The role of institutions in shaping factor; 4. The evolution of suffrage institutions; 5. The evolution of schooling: 1800-1925 with Elisa V. Mariscal; 6. Inequality and the evolution of taxation Kenneth L. Sokoloff and Eric M. Zolt; 7. Land and immigration policies; 8. Politics and banking systems Stephen Haber; 9. Five hundred years of European colonization; 10. Institutional and non-institutional explanations; 11 Epilogue: institutions in political and economic development; Bibliography; Prior publications.

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/11/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781107009554
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 444
  • ID: 9781107009554
  • weight: 730
  • ISBN10: 1107009553

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