NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History

Douglass C North, John Joseph Wallis, Barry R. Weingast

NBER Working Paper No. 12795
Issued in December 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, Research Associate NBER, and Visiting Scholar Hoover Institution, Stanford University; and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge the comments we received in seminar presentations at the NBER-DAE Summer Institute, the University of Maryland, Stanford University, Washington University, the World Bank, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, New York University and Yale University. We thank the Freeman-Spogli Institute's Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Bradley Foundation for their support. Comments from Roger Betancourt, Price Fishback, Stephen Haber, and Richard Sylla were also very helpful. Steve Webb has aided and abetted our efforts at every step of the way. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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