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Working paper 778
Martin J. Osborne, "Comment on a passage in "Why did the West extend the franchise? Democracy, inequality, and growth in historical perspective" by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson", 2024-06-04
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Abstract: I argue that Acemoglu and Robinson (2000) misinterpret statements by Earl Grey that they claim support their thesis that the "Great" Reform Act of 1832 in the United Kingdom was a response to the threat of rebellion. I also point out some errors in their presentation of the evidence.

Keywords: Inequality, Democracy, Franchise extension

JEL Classification: P