Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 B.C.?
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We are thankful to Tobias Pfutze for comments and research assistance, to Michael Clemens, Pete Klenow, Bob Lucas, Nathan Nun, Peter Peregrine, Romain Wacziarg and David Weil, for useful discussions and to the NSF (Grant # SES-0517910) and the C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics for their financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.