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The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

Quamrul Ashraf () and Oded Galor ()

Journal of Economic Literature, 2018, vol. 56, issue 3, 1119-55

Abstract: The importance of evolutionary forces for comparative economic performance across societies has been the focus of a vibrant literature, highlighting the roles played by the Neolithic Revolution as well as the prehistoric "out of Africa" migration of anatomically modern humans in generating worldwide variations in the composition of human traits. This essay provides an overview of the literature on the macrogenoeconomics of comparative development, underscoring the significance of evolutionary processes and human population diversity in generating differential paths of economic development across societies. Furthermore, it examines the contribution of Nicholas Wade's recent hypothesis, regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative development, to this important line of research.

JEL-codes: N10 N30 O11 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.20161314
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