• What is Alexander Gerschenkron's view of the role of financial markets and institutions in economic development? How might he have modified it had he known about the four decades of development experience that now post-dates his article?
  • Is the pace of advance and the pace of the spread of industrialization in the nineteenth century best characterized as "fast" or "slow"? Why?
  • An influential literature cites the scarcity of labor as a key factor in the emergence of the "American System of Production." How much of this argument (if any) survives Peter Temin's 1966 critique?