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Structure and Change in Economic History

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At the core of Prof. North's investigation is the question of property rights, the arrangements individuals & groups have made thru history to deal with the fundamental economic problem of scarce resources.
In six theoretical chapters, North examines the structure of economic systems, outlines an economic theory of the state & the ideologies that undergird various
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Paperback, 1st, 240 pages
Published October 17th 1982 by W.W. Norton & Company (NYC/London) (first published 1981)
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Stuart
I have this guy as a professor this upcoming semester. An excellent theory of the importance of ideology in the enforcement of property rights and the development of states and firms to enforce those property rights at lower resource cost. If you don't have a background in economics you should probably spend an hour or so on wikipedia (or just google phrases that aren't immediately obvious--some, such as price-taking and price-making markets, have specialized meanings) in order to get the most o ...more
Elias Garcia
Apr 25, 2016 Elias Garcia rated it it was amazing
Must read for any economist. A great and beneficial read for everyone else. Douglass North truly was a prescient economist and it's too easy to see his theory playing out before our eyes in the 21st century as ideologies and technological change are increasingly causing instability in ways most economists and political scientists did not predict.
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Dec 28, 2014 Henri Tournyol du Clos rated it really liked it
Shelves: economic-history
Warning : in spite of being apparently written in plain English and without mathematical symbols, this book from 1981 is not for the general public but primarily for people who have had at least a couple of years' training in economics and are intellectually alert. It is a very clear and rigorous expounding of what has become the set of fundamental principles of economic history.
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this book elaborate the how nations have struggle hard, in both agricultural, scientifically and with the combination of modern technology to achieve socio-economic, political and structural development.
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Great read. A must!
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Apr 30, 2010 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Serious business.
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