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Jared Diamond on Inequalities - Dictionary of Arguments

Acemoglu I 53
Inequalities/Diamond, Jared/Acemoglu/Robinson: Inequality in the modern world largely results from the uneven dissemination and adoption of technologies, and Diamond’s thesis does include important arguments about this. Geographical factors/Diamond, >Geographical factors/Acemoglu.
For instance, he argues, following the historian William McNeill, that the east–west orientation of Eurasia enabled crops, animals, and innovations to spread from the Fertile Crescent into Western Europe, while the north–south orientation of the Americas accounts for why writing systems, which were created in Mexico, did not spread to the Andes or North America.
AcemogluVsDiamond, Jared: Yet the orientation of continents cannot provide an explanation for today’s world inequality. >African countries/Acemoglu.
Continental inequlities/AcemogluVsDiamond: It should also be clear that Diamond’s argument, which is about continental inequality, is not well equipped to explain variation within continents—an essential part of modern world inequality. For example, while the orientation of the Eurasian landmass might explain how England managed to benefit from the innovations of the Middle East without having to reinvent them, it doesn’t explain why the Industrial Revolution happened in England rather than, say, Moldova. In addition, as Diamond himself points out, China and India benefited greatly from very rich suites of animals and plants, and from the orientation of Eurasia.


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EconDiam I
Peter A. Diamond
National debt in a neoclassical growth mode 1965

Acemoglu II
James A. Acemoglu
James A. Robinson
Economic origins of dictatorship and democracy Cambridge 2006

Acemoglu I
James A. Acemoglu
James A. Robinson
Why nations fail. The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty New York 2012


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