economic history

economicsfromthetopdown.com 10/2021  institution-size-as-a-window-into-cultural-evolution/


vox.eu 4/2021 Accounting for the Great Divergence: Recent findings from historical national accounting Stephen Broadberry

As a result of recent work on historical national accounting, it is now possible to establish more firmly the timing of the Great Divergence of living standards between Europe and Asia in the 18th century. This column shows that there was a European Little Divergence as Britain and the Netherlands overtook Italy and Spain, and an Asian Little Divergence as Japan overtook China and India. The Great Divergence occurred because Japan grew more slowly than Britain and the Netherlands starting from a lower level, and because of a strong negative growth trend in Qing dynasty China.