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What is the general question? • Why do the United States and Canada, two of the poorest colonies in the New World, grow faster than (i.e., diverge from) other countries in the Western Hemisphere from 1800 to 2000? What is the specific hypothesis? • The United States and Canada were able to grow faster than other countries in the New World because of a unique factor endowment – namely, the availability of land suitable for wheat (rather than cotton, coffee or sugar). Wheat does not benefit from economies of scale. As a result, wheat farms tend to be small, promoting an equal income distribution and equal distribution of political power.
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What data source(s) are portrayed in the table? • Consider Table 2 that we examined together in class • Table 2 presents information on the extent of the franchise in a series of Northern and Southern American countries over the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. In particular, the table documents the presence or absence of voting restrictions and the proportion of the population
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course ECON 183 taught by Professor Boustan during the Winter '09 term at UCLA.

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