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History of Economics Class notes

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History of Economics Class notes Eco 323T

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Date Created: 02/02/16
History of economics Wealth, Expansion, and Removal 02/03/2016 ▯ Wealth, Expansion, and Removal ▯ ▯ Review of productivity Growth  What was the main driving force behind the economic growth of the British colonies? o Better system of property rights  What institutional developments were crucial?  How did this compare with those of the Spanish colonies? ▯ Important Dates to Remember th  July 4 , 1776 Declaration of Independence  April 1775 Revolutionary war  1777 Articles of confederation  1787 Constitutional convention ▯ ▯ The Constitution  Replaced the articles of confederation o Free-rider problems o Need for more clarification regarding rights  Strengthened the states ‘ “reserved rights” o Local rules, laws, and ordinances that included licensing, inspection, and regulating local commerce o Common law o Constitution grants states rights, anything not stated was assumed to be granted to the states  Powers given to Congress o Federal Taxation o Borrowing for govt o Regulate international trade o Create money o Patents and copyrights o Crimes on high seas o Declare war o Martial law o Provide for militia o Govern the militia o Sovereign power over federal govts installations o Make laws to carry out all of the above  The Constitution o The Atlantic slave trade would continue for 20 years  The practice of slavery would be allowed to continue  Dred scott decision on this matter later leads to civil war o “…nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.” o In Other words, the constitution provided the continuation of property rights that the colonies developed over time ▯  Economic Development Followed o Preserved states’ rights in commerce and sovereighty o Secured property rights o Calculable law o Lawmakers and judges used the constitution for maintaining orderly growth and development of the economy  Commerce, contracts, reserved rights, and due process  Land Settlement of 1783 o After the revolutionary war, Britain ceded land to the United States o New land ranged from Wisconsin to Mississippi and as far west as the Mississippi River o New land brought a new dilemma:  Who owned the new land?  How would it be settled?  The new land policy would determine future economic growth and who would ultimately benefit from that growth  Northwest Ordinance of 1785 o Provided a one-time source of revenue through land sale. No further payments to governments once sold o Modern survey system to be used, cut out future disputes over property boundaries o Land tracts of all sizes meant affordability for pioneers as well as the wealthy o Set aside land for schools, government buildings, and other public facilities ▯  Northwest Ordinance of 1787 o Set up the political structure for the new territories o First organized as a district with a governor and judges appointed by congress o Once population reaches 5,000 an elected legislature would handle local matters. A non- voting delegation would go to D.C. to lobby o Once population reaches 60,000 the territory became a state and had full representation in Congress o The benefit of reaching statehood was local choice in representation. Governors and judges were appointed at the federal level  Economic Institutions and the Ordinances o After only ten years that Britain cedede  Rationale for Indian Removal o Jackson based the idea of removal on efficiency and land use o Claimed that thinning game herds and the inability of the Cherokee to farm meant future perils for their quality of life o Moving the Cherokee to land where game was plentiful would enable them higher standard of living o Opening their land to more advanced farmers meant more output and growth  Early Cherokee Institutions o Early settlements were scattered and several languages were spoken o Clan System of ownership o Communal farming and local chiefs o Subsistence farming and some hunting/ fishing meant no surplus o No surplus meant no trade  Changes in Cherokee institutions o Moved towards commodity trading and incorporated slavery into agricultural production o George Washington provided training for agricultural methods o Tribes to be organized under a system of governors that meant a centralization of political structure  Results of these changes o New political structure meant written laws, formal guidelines on property rights o Settled on one formal language  Made communication and trade easier amongst tribes  Leads to the development of written articles that are spread to make farming more efficient  Were the Cherokee really Inferior? o Given that the main reason for removal was efficiency and the ability to support themselves, the actual production of the Cherokee is an important issue to study o The Cherokee Census 1835  Household level data  Agricultural data for corn and wheat on number of acres farmed, bushels raised and sold, bushels purchased  Physical capital data on number of houses, mills, and boats  Human capital data on skills and literacy rates in English and Cherokee  Recall Arguments on Removal o Supporters of removal claimed that the Cherokee had made no improvements to the land, were not adopting more efficient farming methods o Opponents said that they were getting better  Estimating the Efficiency of the Cherokee o Calculate the amount of food needed for subsistence o If the production of wheat and corn was close to this amount, then the total production was more than enough to live on  Census results and jacksons claims o High levels of corn output o Many households produced goods other than farm products o Levels of human/physical capital were high o Idle land owned mainly by elderly Cherokee o Establishment of an elite class of Cherokee who owned farms and slaves meant there was a surplus  Results o Overall, results suggest that the Cherokees were more advanced that suggest and that they were more than able to produce enough goods and food to survive ▯  Early success in the U.S. o While the articles focus on the later time period than we are at now, what implications does it have for the current era under study?  Innovation  Technology  Property Rights? o ▯ ▯


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