The state and scope of the economic history of developing regions

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2010
 
Publication date: 2010
 
Author(s):
Stefan Schirmer (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Latika Chaudhary (Scripps College, USA)
Metin CoĊŸgel (University of Connecticut, USA)
Jean-Luc Demonsant (University Of Guanajuato, Mexico)
[protected email address] (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)
Ewout Frankema (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Giampaolo Garzarelli (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
John Luiz (University of the Witwatersrand Business School, South Africa)
Martine Mariotti (Australian National University, Australia)
Grietjie Verhoef (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Se Yan (Peking University, China)
 
Abstract:

This paper examines the state and scope of the study of economic history of developing regions, underlining the importance of knowledge of history for economic development. While the quality of the existing research on developing countries is impressive, the proportion of published research focusing on these regions is low. The dominance of economic history research on the North American and Western European success stories suggests we need a forum for future research that contributes to our understanding of how institutions, path dependency, technological change and evolutionary processes shape economic growth in the developing parts of the world. Many valuable data sets and historical episodes relating to developing regions remain unexplored, and many interesting questions unanswered. This is exciting. Economic historians and other academics interested in the economic past have an opportunity to work to begin to unlock the complex reasons for differences in development, the factors behind economic disasters and the dynamics driving emerging success stories.

 
JEL Classification:

N01

Keywords:

Africa, China, Cliometrics, developing countries, development, India, institutions, Latin America, Middle East, new economic history

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