Econ 210a: January 27, 2016: Pre-Industrial Revolutions: Literacy, Commerce, Agriculture, State-Building--DRAFT

Econ 210a: February 3, 2016: Modern Economic Growth: DRAFT

Are these the right five papers for first-year Ph.D. students in Economics to read for their week spent thinking about the pre-1800 absence, the 1800-2050 presence, and the possible post-2015 end of what Simon Kuznets termed "modern economic growth"? If not these, what are the right papers?


  • Michael Kremer (1993), "Population Growth and Technological Change: One Million B.C. to 1990", Quarterly Journal of Economics 108:3 (August), pp. 681-716 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2118405

  • Robert C. Allen (2011), “Why the Industrial Revolution Was British: Commerce, Induced Invention and the Scientific Revolution,” Economic History Review 64, pp. 357-384. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00532.x/pdf

  • Stephen Broadberry (2013), “Accounting for the Great Divergence,” (Unpublished manuscript, London School of Economics) http://tinyurl.com/dl20140114a

  • William D. Nordhaus (1997), “Do Real-Output and Real-Wage Measures Capture Reality? The History of Lighting Suggests Not,” in The Economics of New Goods, edited by Timothy F. Bresnahan and Robert J. Gordon. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press for NBER) pp. 29–66 http://www.nber.org/chapters/c6064.pdf

  • Robert J. Gordon. 2014. “The Demise of U.S. Economic Growth: Restatement, Rebuttal, and Reflection.” (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper 19895) http://www.nber.org/papers/w19895.pdf

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