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Commodity frontiers: a view from economic history

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 June 2021

Ronald Findlay
Affiliation:
Columbia University
Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke*
Affiliation:
New York University Abu Dhabi
*
*Corresponding author. E-mail: ko37@nyu.edu

Abstract

The history of frontiers is a fascinating topic for research, especially interdisciplinary research. We stress the need to engage with existing work on the topic by economists and economic historians, but we also highlight the need to engage with such topics as the history of inter-state conflict and violence, technological change, and the role of multiple interest groups in determining policy.

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