Institutions and Economic Performance
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This is an intelligent and important book. Economists have discovered that institutions (a.k.a. histories) are important determinants of economic growth. The chapters in this volume provide a clear view of the current research about this interconnection. That the authors are mainly economists, joined by a few political scientists, means that the essays will often be tough sledding for most interdisciplinary historians. The first half of the book, entitled “History,” is the most accessible, and interdisciplinary historians should read it.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Temin, Peter. “Institutions and Economic Performance. Edited by Elhanan Helpman (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2008) 624 pp. $55.00.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 40.3 (2010): 438-439. © 2009 by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
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