Institutions and the Origins of the Great Enrichment

Joel Mokyr*

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The origins of modern economic growth and the Industrial Revolution that triggered it can be found in the cultural and institutional developments in early modern Europe. In this era the Republic of Letters emerged as a transnational community that solved many of the incentive problems that plagued the creation and diffusion of science and technology, and paved the way to the Industrial Enlightenment of the eighteenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalAtlantic Economic Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Economic growth
  • Industrial revolution
  • Technological change


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