The history of England's institutions has long informed research on comparative economic development. Yet to date there exists no quantitative evidence on a core aspect of England's institutional evolution, that embodied in the accumulated decisions of English courts. Focusing on the two centuries before the Industrial Revolution, we generate and analyze the first quantitative estimates of the development of English caselaw and its associated legal ideas. We achieve this in two companion papers.
A machine-learning history of English caselaw and legal ideas prior to the Industrial Revolution I: generating and interpreting the estimatesPeter Grajzl, Peter Murrell ,
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Journal of Institutional Economics