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Student Name: YUTING HAO Student Number: 301133650 Tutorial section:D102 ECON102 Reading Assignment Two 1. What is the key question that the authors investigate in this paper? Explain in your own words In this paper, Acemoglu agues that differences in colonial experience could be a main source of exogenous differences in institutions. Like most economists, Acemoglu believes that the performance of institutions affect the performance of economy. However, by particularly focusing on the colonial economies , he argues that the mortality rates in colonies have large and direct effects on settlement policies and early institutions and have large effects on current insitutions and economic performance. Other factors such as latitude, climate, current disease environment, religion, natural resources, soil quality, ethnolinguistice fragmentation and racial composition have little effect on econmic performance. 2. List the arguments the authors provide in the paper to substantiate their insight into formation of institutions in the colonial era. Presumptions:
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