World Economic Development History

World Economic Development History

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1. List 2 data sources researchers use to estimate historical standards of living and explain what they can infer from these sources. List three indicators of economic development other than National Income measures (NI, GDP, or GNP, level, growth rate, or per capita) that are of interest to economists and explain what can be inferred from each of these indicators.  2. Explain in detail 3 weaknesses of per capita GNP (or GDP) as a measure of economic well-being. Although this measure has the flaws you just listed (and others) it is the most oft-referenced statistic when considering standard of living differences across countries. Why?   3. What has happened to global economic inequality since 1960? Why? Characterize the progress in social measures (education and health) in impoverished nations. Why is there less of a link between improvement in these measures and GDP than in the past?  4. Describe the North and Thomas model explaining the Neolithic
Revolution. Specifically, use a graph to illustrate how population growth affected this change. How is this model consistent with what we
know about the transformation from Hunter-Gatherers to Settled Agriculturists?   5. Explain how the Neolithic revolution ultimately led to the formation of civilizations. (In other words, how did settlement evolve into civilization). Provide 3 characteristics of civilizations (different from just settlement). What was the hierarchical social structure of the early civilizations? (Who was at the top, in the middle, and on the bottom layers these societies?)  6. List 4 contributions of the earliest civilizations (those that eventually formed the Babylonian Empire) and explain how each was important to continued economic growth.   7. What were the major contributions to economic development of the Phoenician Empire? Of the Greeks? Of the Romans?  8. What is meant by technological stagnation in the Greek and Roman Empires? How could “an Overdose of Slavery” be the cause? List 2 flaws of the slavery explanation. Provide an alternative explanation.  9. Explain the developments at the end of the Roman Empire that lead to the rise of the Manorial System. Specifically, from whom were the Romans under attack and what were the economic impacts? What measures did Emperor Diocletian (284-305) attempt to alleviate the empires’ financial woes? What measures were attempted by his successors, notably Constantine (306-337) and Theodosius I (379-395)?  10. According to Jared Diamond, the ability to grow what types of crops are most favorable to economi   development? Why? List and briefly explain 3 characteristics of an animal that Diamond sees as necessary for domestication of that species.  11. The evolution of economic organization from hunter-gatherer to  settled agriculture to more complex civilizations proceeded at vastly
different paces in different parts of the world. Explain why the pace of development on the Eurasian landmass was so much more rapid than in Africa and the Americas. Describe and explain Australian development before European settlement.  12. According to the Domar Model, what 3 things are incompatible simultaneously? Which two were present in the Manorial system? What are the three sections in the 3-Course Rotation? Why was this innovation important for growth during the middle ages?   13. Answer the following the questions regarding the model discussed in class in which a landlord and farmer could operate under 3 possible arrangements: fixed rent, fixed wage, or the Manorial System (shared inputs). Under a fixed rent contract: who bears the risks of a bad crop and reaps the benefits of a bumper crop? Characterize the incentive of a farmer to exert effort while working the fields. Under a fixed wage contract: who bears the risks of a bad crop and reaps the benefits of a bumper crop? Characterize the incentive of a farmer to exert effort while working the fields. Under a Manorial System: who bears the risks of a bad crop and reaps the benefits of a bumper crop? Characterize the incentive of a farmer to exert effort while working the fields.  14. How specifically were manorial lands allocated between the lord and serfs? What are the predominate explanations for this peculiar system of land distribution? Evaluate these explanations.  15. Explain (preferably using a graph) why the number of manors grew as the population increased in medieval Europe. What happened to wages and the prices of food and land? (Again, a graphical analysis is helpful) Why did the population increase lead to the beginning of the end of the manorial system?

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