North America

  • Price V. Fishback
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


North America is a large continent endowed with large amounts of fertile soil and natural resources. The economic histories of the USA, Canada, and Mexico offer contrasting examples that can illustrate multiple themes in world economic history. In particular, this chapter highlights differences in the institutional structures of these economies and argues that they are key to understanding the different development paths of these three nations.

JEL Classification

N10 N11 N12 N16 N21 N22 N26 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Price V. Fishback
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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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