The origin of the state: land productivity or appropriability?

Journal of Political Economy Vol/Iss. 130(4) The University of Chicago Press Published In Pages: 1091-1144
By Mayshar, Joram, Moav, Omer, Pascali, Luigi


Societies relying mainly on cereal crops for subsistence may be positively associated with jurisdictional hierarchy beyond the local level.


2SLS test produced significant results (p< .01) where cereal crop reliance was measured by the productivity advantage of cereal grains.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Ordinary least squares regressionSupportedp< .01UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Jurisdictional HierarchyDependent Territorial Hierarchy
Cereal crop relianceIndependentCereal Agriculture