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The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

Quamrul Ashraf () and Oded Galor ()

No 2016-3, Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics

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 and the prehistoric “out of Africa” migration of anatomically modern humansin generating worldwide variationsin 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 of human population diversity in generating differential paths of economic development across societies. Furthermore, it examines the contribution of a recent hypothesis set forth by Nicholas Wade, regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative development, to this important line of research.

New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-evo, nep-gro, nep-his and nep-hpe
Date: 2016
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