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What drives the historical formation and persistent development of territorial states?
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS (2015)
  • James B Ang, Nanyang Technological University
Abstract
The importance of the length of state history for understanding variations in income levels and growth rates across countries has received a lot of attention in the recent literature on long-run comparative development. The literature, however, is silent about its origins. This paper explores the determinants of statehood by considering the potential roles of an early transition to fully-fledged agricultural production, the adoption of state-of-the-art military innovations, and the opportunity for economic interaction with the regional economic leader. The results demonstrate that only the association between economic interaction and the rise and development of the state is statistically robust.
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Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
James B Ang. "What drives the historical formation and persistent development of territorial states?" SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james_ang/43/