2015, Video, "Economics from a Historical Perspective(Nathan Nunn(Harvard University, Professor of Economics)): Economist Nathan Nunn will discuss the role that history plays in understanding contemporary economic prosperity. He will provide an overview of an emerging body of research that empirically examines how key historic events have shaped the course of human history. A particular emphasis will be placed on research that seeks to better understand the role that culture and institutions play in generating historical persistence. Professor Nunn said that he was attracted to the theory of economic development because he often wondered “why some areas are more prosperous than others.” In this lecture, Professor Nunn who suggested institutional and historical elements as main variables in the process of economic development will explain the correlation of historical events and economic growth."
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