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The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Investigation of the Settler Mortality Data

David Y. Albouy

NBER Working Paper No. 14130
Issued in June 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

I thank Raj Arunachalam, Raphael Auer, Pranab Bardhan, Christina Berkley, Chris Blattman, David Card, Brad DeLong, Gregory Clark, William Easterly, Rob Gillezeau, Tarek Hassan, Jim Hines, Chang-Tai Hsieh, Michael Jansson, Chad Jones, Annalisa Leibold, Ian McLean, Ted Miguel, Kris Mitchener, Robert Moffitt, Marcelo Moreira, Maurice Obstfeld, Rohini Pande, Gerard Roland, Christina Romer, David Romer, Emmanuel Saez, Andrei Shleifer, Francesco Trebbi, and four anonymous referees, and the participants at the Berkeley Development Lunch and the Economic History and Macroeconomics Seminars for their help, input, and advice. I am particularly grateful to Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James Robinson for providing me with data, and for sharing with me a preliminary response and later formal responses to my work. Any mistakes are my own. Please e-mail any comments to albouy@umich.edu. 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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