Attitudes, aptitudes, and the roots of the great enrichment

Joel Mokyr*

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The Great Enrichment, dating from the Industrial Revolution was above all a revolution of useful knowledge. Useful knowledge in Europe grew faster than anywhere else after 1500. This phenomenon, which was the crucial causal factor in the “Great Divergence” consisted of two elements: attitudes and aptitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Historical Economics
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128158746
ISBN (Print)9780128162682
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Great enrichment
  • Human capital
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Technological change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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