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


The location of ancient cities may be positively associated with the availability of wild relatives of domesticated cereal crops.


Ancient cities are used as a proxy for hierarchical complexity.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Ordinary least squares regressionSupportedp< .01UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Wild Relatives of Cereal GrainIndependentFlora
Ancient citiesDependentTerritorial Hierarchy, Cities