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Human Capital and Industrialization: Evidence from the Age of Enlightenment

Mara P. Squicciarini, Nico Voigtländer

NBER Working Paper No. 20219
Issued in June 2014, Revised in March 2015

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We would like to thank Ran Abramitzky, Quamrul Ashraf, Sascha Becker, Ruxanda Berlinschi, Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, Nick Crafts, Giacomo De Luca, Christian Dippel, Frédéric Docquier, Paola Giuliano, Avner Greif, Oded Galor, Noel Johnson, Mark Koyama, Stelios Michalopoulos, Joel Mokyr, Suresh Naidu, Nathan Nunn, Ahmed Rahman, Andrei Shleifer, Enrico Spolaore, Jo Swinnen, Joachim Voth, FabianWaldinger, JohnWallis, Ludger Woessmann, and Noam Yuchtman, as well as seminar audiences at Berkeley, Brown, IMT Lucca, IPEG Barcelona, KU Leuven, Northwestern, the NWO ClioInfra Workshop in Barcelona, SciencesPo, Stanford, the Strasbourg 10th BETA Workshop, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Louvain, the University of Munich, the Warwick in Venice conference, the WAEHS, and Wharton for helpful comments and suggestions. We are grateful to Petra Moser for sharing her data on exhibits at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition, to Tomas E. Murphy for sharing digitized data of Annuaires Statistiques de la France, to Carles Boix for sharing data on proto-industrialization in France, to Jeremiah Dittmar for his data on ports and navigable rivers, to David de la Croix and Omar Licandro for their data on “famous” people, and to Daniel Hicks for geocoded data on soldier height. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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