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WHY WAS THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

A EUROPEAN PHENOMENON?

Joel Mokyr Departments of Economics and History Northwestern University and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences

Presented to the Conference on The Rule of Law, Freedom, and Prosperity George Mason University, November 2001 Forthcoming, Supreme Court Economic Review, Volume 9 Fall 2002

Some of the material in this paper is adapted from my paper “King Kong and Cold Fusion: Counterfactual analysis and the History of Technology” In Philip Tetlock, Ned Lebow, and Geoffrey Parker, eds., Counterfactual Analysis in History and the Social Sciences, forthcoming; and from my book The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

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