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Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance
Examines the role that institutions, defined as the humanly devised constraints that shape human interaction, play in economic performance and how those institutions change and how a model of dynamic
Competing Technologies , Increasing Returns , and Lock-In by Historical Events
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Structure and Change in Economic History
  • D. North
  • Economics, History
  • 1 December 1983
At the core of Professor North's investigation is the question of property rights, the arrangements individuals and groups have made through history to deal with the fundamental economic problem of
Economic performance through time
Economic history is about the performance of economies through time. The objective of research in the field is not only to shed new light on the economic past but also to contribute to economic
Understanding the Process of Economic Change
This book discusses the ways in which knowledge of economic change has changed over the past century and discusses the role of language, culture, and psychology in this change.
Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century England
The article studies the evolution of the constitutional arrangements in seventeenth-century England following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. It focuses on the relationship between institutions and
A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History
Preface 1. The conceptual framework 2. The natural state 3. The natural state applied: English land law 4. Open access orders 5. Explaining the transition from limited to open access orders: the
A Transaction Cost Theory of Politics
This essay first specifies and describes the behavioral and information cost assumptions that underlie instrumental rationality and the consequent a-institutional world of neoclassical theory and