Cliometric approaches to international trade

Markus Lampe, Paul Richard Sharp

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This chapter lays the theoretical foundations of long-run economic growth. After providing an overview of the three fundamental regimes that have characterized the process of development over the course of human history on the basis of the seminal work of Galor and Weil (2000), we review existing theories offering explanations of the different stages of development. In particular, we examine the predictions and underlying mechanisms of the traditional theories of economic growth and the theories of demographic transitions. We then show the relevance of the Unified Growth Theory to explain and capture the underlying mechanisms of the development process. Finally, we highlight the importance of integrating a gendered perspective in the study of long-run economic growth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cliometrics
EditorsClaude Diebolt, Michael Haupert
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-40405-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-40406-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Demographic Transition
  • Economic Development
  • Economic History
  • Gender
  • Growth
  • Unified Growth Theory

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Lampe, M., & Sharp, P. R. (2015). Cliometric approaches to international trade. In C. Diebolt, & M. Haupert (Eds.), Handbook of Cliometrics (Vol. III, pp. 295-330). Springer.