Princes and Merchants: European City Growth before the Industrial Revolution

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De Long, J. Bradford; Shleifer, Andrei;
  • Journal: Journal of Law & Economics, volume 36, issue 2 October, pages 671-702
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1086/467294
  • Subject:
    • jel: jel:K20 | jel:N13

As measured by the pace of city growth in western Europe from 1000 to 1800. absolutist monarchs stunted the growth of commerce and industry. A region ruled by an absolutist prince saw its total urban population shrink by one hundred thousand people per century relative ... View more
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