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Economic Growth in History

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Paul Romer: the view from Economic History

8 October 2018

In this post I write about the connections between Paul Romer’s work, which is essentially applied theory, and the empirical work on long-run economic growth done by economic...

From convergence to divergence: Portuguese economic growth, 1527-185

17 June 2018

By 1850 per capita incomes in Portugal were not different from what they had been in the early 1530s. The paper “From convergence to divergence: Portuguese economic growth, 1527-1850”,...

Call for papers: Revista de Historia Económica-Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, Special Issue on Portuguese Economic and Social History

5 April 2018

Revista de Historia Económica-Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History Fast Track Meeting: Special Issue on Portuguese Economic and Social History, 17...

Can autocracy promote literacy? evidence from a cultural alignment success story

23 March 2018

What can the XXth century Portuguese experience teach us about the interaction between political regimes and literacy attainment? Here’s a recent paper on this topic by Jaime...