Econ 210a: January 27, 2016: Pre-Industrial Revolutions: Literacy, Commerce, Agriculture, State-Building--DRAFT
Are these the right 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?
Karl Marx (1867), "The So-called Primitive Capital Accumulation," Capital, Vol. 1, Part VIII, Chapters 26-32 http://tinyurl.com/dl20090112k
Jeremiah E. Dittmar (2011), “Information Technology and Economic Change: The Impact of the Printing Press,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 126 (August): 1133–1172. http://qje.oxfordjournals.org/content/126/3/1133.full.pdf
Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James Robinson (2005), "The Rise of Europe: Atlantic Trade, Institutional Change, and Economic Growth,"American Economic Review 95:3, pp. 546-79. http://www.jstor.org/stable/i387682
Robert Allen (2008), “The Nitrogen Hypothesis and the English Agricultural Revolution: A Biological Analysis,” Journal of Economic History 68, pp. 182-210 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JEH&volumeId=68&issueId=01&iid=1740956
J. Bradford DeLong and Andrei Shleifer (1993), “Princes and Merchants: European City Growth Before the Industrial Revolution,” Journal of Law & Economics 36, pp.671-702 http://www.jstor.org/stable/725804