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Natural land productivity, cooperation and comparative development

Anastasia Litina ()

Journal of Economic Growth, 2016, vol. 21, issue 4, No 2, 408 pages

Abstract: Abstract This research advances the hypothesis that natural land productivity in the past, and its effect on the desirable level of cooperation in the agricultural sector, had a persistent effect on the evolution of social capital, the process of industrialization and comparative economic development across the globe. Exploiting exogenous sources of variations in land productivity across (a) countries; (b) individuals within a country, (c) migrants of different ancestry within a country, and (d) individuals residing in regions within a country, the research establishes that lower level of land productivity in the past is associated with more intense cooperation and higher levels of contemporary social capital and development.

Keywords: Land productivity; Cooperation; Social Capital; Trust; Growth; Development; Agriculture; Industrialization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O13 O14 O31 O33 O41 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s10887-016-9134-7

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