Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102601
Authors: 
Burkett, John
Humblet, Catherine
Putterman, Louis
Year of Publication: 
1997
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 1996-25
Abstract: 
What became the post-War era’s “less developed countries” (LDCs) varied enormously in their pre- modern or pre-industrial economic conditions.  We hypothesize that if these countries are arrayed on a continuum of pre-industrial development such as that of the demographer Ester Boserup, countries positioned closer to the “modern” end of that continuum will be found to have achieved more rapid post-War growth, due to more favorable pre-conditions.  A cross-country data analysis supports this hypothesis.  This suggests to us the importance of societies’ stocks of human capital, conceived of more broadly than is measurable on the basis of formal education only.
Subjects: 
Economic growth
development
evolution
pre-modern development
anthropology
Africa
Asia
Boserup
JEL: 
O10
O57
O29
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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