The colonial origins of divergence in the Americas: a labour market approach

Allen, Robert C, Murphy, Tommy E and Schneider, Eric B (2012) The colonial origins of divergence in the Americas: a labour market approach. Journal of Economic History, 72 (4). pp. 863-894. ISSN 0022-0507

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Abstract

This article introduces the Americas in the Great Divergence debate by measuring real wages in various North and South American cities between colonization and independence, and comparing them to Europe and Asia. We find that for much of the period, North America was the most prosperous region of the world, while Latin America was much poorer. We then discuss a series of hypotheses that can explain these results, including migration, the demography of the American Indian populations, and the various labor systems implemented in the continent.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0186 Colonial history (1607-1775)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
Depositing User: Eric Schneider
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 14:43
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 14:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45962
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