James a robinson harvard the emergence of modern

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Unformatted text preview: ard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis September 2, 2009 3 / 19 Van Zanden, Jan Luiten (2003) “Rich and Poor before the Industrial Revolution: A Comparison between Java And The Netherlands,” Explorations in Economic History,” 40, 1-23. Ian Morris’Index of Social Development Ian Morris has developed an even more audacious approach to historical measurement. In his forthcoming book Why the West is Ahead - For Now he uses historical and archaeological evidence on four traits to build a historical index of social development. Each trait can score a maximum of 250 points and he uses contemporary data to normalize past data. 1 2 3 4 ‘ Urbanism’- the size of the largest known settlement in east and west at each moment in time. In 2000 CE, Tokyo was the world’ biggest s city, with about 26.7 million residents. Tokyo, then, scores the full 250 points, meaning that for all other calculations it will take 106,800 people (that is, 26.7 million...
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