State Capacity and American Technology: Evidence from the 19th Century
NBER Working Paper No. 21932
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This paper was prepared as a comment on Robert J. Gordon's The Rise and Fall of American Growth, to be published in the American Economic Review papers and proceedings. We are extremely grateful to Tom Nicholas for sharing the county-level patent data for the 19th century, and to Zorina Kahn and Tom Nicholas for comments and suggestions. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.