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Clark's intellectual Sudoku


For many years, Greg Clark was mainly known amongst economic historians for two things – his devasting book reviews are as witty as they are insightful. He also invented a signature recipe for academic articles. Start with a fresh puzzle. Chop some theory and carefully knead into puzzle. Gently squeeze some data and mix well. Garnish with a racy dressing of Cambridge-honed essay-writing skills, while stirring the pot. Then, turn up the heat and watch how the puzzle slowly mushrooms into an ever larger paradox. Wrap into some mystery and serve as is.

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Acemoglu, D. and Zilibotti, F. (2001). Productivity differences. Quarterly Journal of Economics 116 (2), pp. 563606.
Basu, S. and Weil, D. N. (1998). Appropriate technology and growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113 (4), pp. 1025–154.
Galor, O. and Moav, O. (2002). Natural selection and the origin of economic growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics 117, pp. 1133–91.
King, P. (1997). Pauper inventories and the material life of the poor in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In King, P., Hitchcock, T. and Sharpe, P. (eds.), Chronicling Poverty: The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor 1640–1840. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Landes, D. (2000). Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press.
Lee, J. and Wang, F. (2001), One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Mythology and Chinese Realities, 1700–2000. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Voth, H.-J. (2003). Living standards and urban disamenities. In Floud, R. and Johnson, P. (eds.), Cambridge Economic History of Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Young, A. (2005). The gift of the dying: the tragedy of AIDS and the welfare of future African generations. Quarterly Journal of Economics 120, pp. 243–66.
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European Review of Economic History
  • ISSN: 1361-4916
  • EISSN: 1474-0044
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