Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Societal Forces Behind the Industrial Revolution

What's responsible for Industrial Revolution and the astonishing increase in living standards in some countries but not others since then? Gregory Clark, an economic historian at the University of California Davis, in his new book "A Farewell to Alms," suggests an intriguing, even startling answer: natural selection!

Sounds interesting? Well, from the Invisible Hand Podcast, you can listen to Gregory Clark talking about his insightful ideas in this book. Maybe you wanna read a book review before putting on your headphone. OK, here is one, by Benjamin Friedman, a Harvard Economist.

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