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Trade, Technology, and the Great Divergence

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke, Ahmed Rahman, Alan M. Taylor

NBER Working Paper No. 25741
Issued in April 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank numerous people for helpful comments including Robert Allen, Quamrul Ashraf, Stephen Broadberry, Gregory Clark, Diego Comin, Lewis Davis, Robert Feenstra, Raphael Franck, Oded Galor, Timothy Hatton, Phillip Hoffman, Marc Klemp, Per Krusell, Christopher Meissner, Stelios Michalopoulos, Steven Nafziger, Karl Gunnar Persson, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Dean Scrimgeour, Paul Sharp, Hans-Joachim Voth, David Weil, Jacob Weisdorf, and Jeffrey Williamson; seminar participants at Brown University, College of William and Mary, University of Connecticut, and Yale University; and conference participants at Frontier Research in Economic and Social History workshop, Saint Pierre dntremont, France; Frontier Research in Economic and Social History workshop, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain; Royal Economic Society Meetings, Royal Holloway College London, England; Eighth BETA Workshop in Historical Economics, Strasbourg, France; Conference on Trade, Poverty and Growth in History, Madrid, Spain; Macroeconomic Research at Liberal Arts Colleges Workshop, Lafayette College; CEPR Macroeconomics and Growth Programme, London Business School; Economic Divergence and Convergence in History, NYU Abu Dhabi; Decline and Rise: Asia since the Industrial Revolution, All-UC Group, CalTech. All errors are ours. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Alan M. Taylor ----

Alan M. Taylor has served as an author, consultant, or speaker for various research organizations, policy making institutions, and financial sector firms. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor at PIMCO.

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