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Should-Read: Nathan Lane: Readings in the History of Asian State Capacity: "A reading list related to a long undertaking with... Melissa Dell (Harvard) and Pablo Querubin (NYU), where we explore the historic roots of economic divergence in Asia...

..."State Capacity, Local Governance, and Economic Development in Vietnam" examines the role of historic state institutions in shaping the different developmental trajectories of Northeast and Southeast Asia.... Using historic boundaries as a divide between these two institutional worlds, we use a regression discontinuity design to examine how the different patterns of early state formation influenced long-run village-level development.... Since my co-authors and I spent much time delving into these works, much of which can’t fully be discussed in the scope of an empirical economics paper, I wanted to share some of these readings on Asian formation in Asia, emphasizing Vietnam....

A great starting point for understand the patterns of long-run Asian state formation would be Victor Lierberman's wonderful two volume history... Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, C. 800–1830.... Lost Modernities by Woodside is a great synopsis of the common bureaucratic state features that distinguished the experience of East Asian states.... O.W. Wolter's work is a fantastic tour of Southeast Asian pre-colonial states.... From Alexander Woodside's famous 1971 thesis, a number of works have documented the ways in which early Vietnamese leaders adapted Chinese state institutions, emphasizing the role of elite bureaucratic norms...

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