How Denmark Got to Denmark: The Role of Landed Elites in Development

For most people the idea of landed elites conjures up images of aristocrats sipping tea while enjoying the proceeds of the labors of the peasants on their land. New research on Denmark suggests, however, a quite different story—one in which these elites in fact played a crucial role for development, and ultimately enabled the empowerment of the peasant class through agricultural cooperation.  

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The Rate of Return on Everything

A new paper purports to have finally unlocked the mystery of the rate of return on capital. Here the authors report on their research on an enormous data set on asset returns for 16 advanced economies from 1870 to 2015 and provide surprising insight into the relationship between long-run growth and capital—a connection that has occupied thinkers from Mill to Marx to Piketty and many others to this day.  

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