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Natural experiments of history

Author: Jared M Diamond; James A Robinson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, ©2010.
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Consists of eight comparative studies drawn from history, archeology, economics, economic history, geography, and political science. The studies cover a spectrum of approaches, ranging from a non-quantitative narrative style in the early chapters to quantitative statistical analyses in the later chapters. The studies range from a simple two-way comparison of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
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Natural experiments of history.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond; James A Robinson
ISBN: 0674076710 9780674076716
OCLC Number: 824353862
Description: 1 online resource (278 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue / Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson --
Controlled comparison and Polynesian cultural evolution / Patrick V. Kirch --
Exploding Wests : boom and bust in nineteenth-century settler societies / James Belich --
Politics, banking, and economic development : evidence from New World economies / Stephen Haber --
Intra-island and inter-island comparisons / Jared Diamond --
Shackled to the past : the causes and consequences of Africa's slave trades / Nathan Nunn --
Colonial land tenure, electoral competition, and public goods in India / Abhijit Banerjee and Lakshmi Iyer --
From ancien régime to capitalism : the spread of the French Revolution as a natural experiment / Daron Acemoglu, Davide Cantoni, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson --
Afterword: Using comparative methods in studies of human history / Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson.
Responsibility: edited by Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson.

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Some central questions in the natural and social sciences can't be answered by controlled laboratory experiments, often considered to be the hallmark of the scientific method. This book consists of  Read more...

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Natural Experiments of History is a short book packed with huge ideas. Its collected essays advocate how controlled experiments can be applied to the messy realities of human history, politics, Read more...

 
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