Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 243–259 | Cite as

Institutions and the Origins of the Great Enrichment



The origins of modern economic growth and the Industrial Revolution that triggered it can be found in the cultural and institutional developments in early modern Europe. In this era the Republic of Letters emerged as a transnational community that solved many of the incentive problems that plagued the creation and diffusion of science and technology, and paved the way to the Industrial Enlightenment of the eighteenth century.


Economic growth Technological change Industrial revolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Economics and HistoryNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Berglas School of EconomicsUniversity of Tel AvivTel AvivUSA

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