Are these the right papers for first-year Ph.D. students in Economics to read for their week spent thinking about accounting for economic growth? If not these, what are the right papers?
Daron Acemoglu and Joshua Angrist (2001), “How Large are Human-Capital Externalities? Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Laws,” NBER Macroeconomic Annual 2000, pp.9-74 http://papers.nber.org/books/bern01-1
Petra Moser (2005), “How Do Patent Laws Influence Innovation? Evidence from 19th-Century World Fairs,” American Economic Review 95, pp.1214-1236 http://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/0002828054825501
Dave Donaldson (2016), “Railroads of the Raj: Estimating the Impact of Transportation Infrastructure,” American Economic Review http://economics.mit.edu/files/6038
Joel Mokyr (2010), "The Contribution of Economic History to the Study of Innovation and Technical Change," in Bronwyn Hall and Nate Rosenberg (2010), The Handbook of the Economics of Innovation (Amsterdam: Elsevier), pp. 11-50 <>
J. Bradford DeLong (1991), “Did J. P. Morgan’s Men Add Value? An Economist’s Perspective on Financial Capitalism”, in Inside the Business Enterprise: Historical Perspectives on the Use of Information edited by Peter Temin (Chicago: University of Chicago Press for NBER), pp. 205–236 http://www.nber.org/chapters/c7182