Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80199
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Moav, Omer
Vollrath, Dietrich
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2006-14
Abstract: 
This paper suggests that inequality in the distribution of land ownership adversely affected the emergence of human capital promoting institutions (e.g., public schooling) and thus the pace and the nature of the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy, contributing to the emergence of the great divergence in income per capita across countries. The prediction of the theory regarding the adverse effect of the concentration of land ownership on education expenditure is established empirically based on evidence from the beginning of the 20th century in the US.
Subjects: 
Land Inequality, Institutions, Geography, Human capital, Growth, Great Divergence
JEL: 
O10
O40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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