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the relative rates of growth in east and west and the importance of the thousands of years
of changes before 1800 CE
Source: Morris, Ian (2008) Why the West is Ahead – For Now, Chapter 3. Alternative Strategies Ian Morris’ …rst trait follows in a long tradition of using urbanization
as a proxy for historical levels of prosperity.
This is highly correlated with income per-capita today and there is
quite a bit of data on this for the pre-modern period for many parts
of the world (though not Sub-Saharan Africa). James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis
September 2, 2009
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CAN GDP per capita, PPP, in 1995 10 BRB
MUS 9 GAB
ZAF MYS BWA
LKA SWZ IDN
VCT TZA SGP AUS
VEN URY PER
DMA HND CMR
VNM LSO GMB
BGD TCD MDG
MOZ 7 MEX
BRA HKG NIC
MRT COG SLE 6
Urbanization in 1995 100 Historical Urbanization
1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1750 1800 1850
Russia For data sources see Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson (2002) “Reversal of Fortune:
Geography and Institutions in...
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