Published March 1, 2022 | Version v1
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Roman economic performance and inequality: in defense of the big picture

  • 1. Stanford University


Macro-models make a significant contribution to our understanding of economic performance and economic inequality in the Roman empire. Comparative framing is essential for guiding our thinking on these matters by imposing some discipline on our conjectures. The application of Bayesian modeling improves on earlier estimates of Roman imperial GDP. The scope for estimating Roman income inequality is strongly constrained by GDP estimates and historical comparanda.


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