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Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872

Richard Hornbeck, Daniel Keniston

NBER Working Paper No. 20467
Issued in September 2014

---- Acknowledgments ----

For comments and suggestions, we thank Nava Ashraf, Leah Bouston, Bill Collins, Brad DeLong, Bob Ellickson, Ed Glaeser, Claudia Goldin, Tim Guinnane, Matthew Kahn, Larry Katz, Michael Kremer, Naomi Lamoreaux, Gary Libecap, Sendhil Mullainathan, Trevor O'Grady, Chris Udry, John Wallis, Bill Wheaton, and seminar participants at EIEF, George Washington, Harvard, MIT, NBER, Pittsburgh, UCLA, and Yale. For financial support, we thank Harvard's Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Harvard's Warburg Fund. For excellent research assistance, we thank Louis Amira, James Feigenbaum, Jan Kozak, Michael Olijnyk, Joseph Root, Sophie Wang, Alex Weckenman, and Kevin Wu, in addition to many others for their data entry work. 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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