Are factor endowments fate?*

  title={Are factor endowments fate?*},
  author={Jeffrey B. Nugent and James A. Robinson},
  journal={Revista de Historia Econ{\'o}mica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History},
  pages={45 - 82}
  • J. Nugent, James A. Robinson
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Economics
  • Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History
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