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Human Capital and Institutions: A Long-Run View Hardcover – August 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521825443 ISBN-10: 0521769582 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521769582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521825443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,969,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Human Capital and Institutions brings to fore the role of political, social, and economic institutions in human capital formation and economic growth. Written by leading economic historians, including pioneers in historical research on human capital, the chapters in this text offer a broad-based view of human capital in economic development. Just as human capital has been a key to economic growth, so has the emergence of appropriate institutions been a key to the growth of human capital.

About the Author

David Eltis is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University and has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Yale universities. He is author of The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas, co-compiler of The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM - and its successor on - co-editor of Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (with David Richardson), co-editor of Slavery in the Development of the Americas (with Frank Lewis and Kenneth Sokoloff), and editor of Coerced and Free Migrations: Global Perspectives. He is also author and co-author of numerous articles on slavery, migration, and abolition, most recently in the American Historical Review and the William and Mary Quarterly.

Frank D. Lewis is Professor of Economics at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He has written on historical issues involving agriculture, land settlement, transportation, Native American history, war, and slavery. His work has appeared in a variety of publications that include leading economic history and economics journals. Articles on the North American fur trade of the eighteenth century (with Ann Carlos) have been awarded prizes by the Canadian Economic Association and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Some of his more recent papers have appeared in the Economic History Review, the Journal of Economic History, and Explorations in Economic History.

Kenneth L. Sokoloff (1953-2007) was Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cuong Huy To on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I did not read the whole book, but only the chapter about: "An Elite Minority: The Jews among the 400 richest Americans", and hence my review could be biased.

Conclusion: almost any 1st year college student would do a better job.

Why: this chapter looks at the number of Jewish names among 400 richest Americans in the Forbes list, and try to create 5 models to "explain" the phenomenal success of these Jewish people given an extremely tiny number of data
- Data about percentage of Jews in US: only one number.
- Data about percentage of Jews in Forbes list: only one number.

This kind of explanation is just like to say an Aircraft is faster than a Bike, because "the letter A comes before the letter B in the alphabet".
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