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Geographical factors, Growth and Divergence

Nguyen Thang Dao () and Julio Dávila
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Nguyen Thang Dao: CORE, Université catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and Vietnam Centre for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), Hanoi, Vietnam

No 17, Working Papers from Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Vietnam

Abstract: This paper develops a unied growth model capturing issues of endogenous economic growth, fertility, and technological progress considering the effects of geographical conditions to interpret the long transition from Malthusian stagnation, through demographic transition to modern sustained growth, and the great divergence in GDP per capita across societies. The paper shows how the interplay of size of "land" and its "accessibility" and technological progress play a very important role for an economy to escape Malthusian stagnation and to take off. Thus differences in these geographical factors lead to differences in take off timings, generating great divergence across societies.

Keywords: Geographical land; land accessible; level of technology; human capital; fertility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 O11 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2013
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-dge, nep-evo, nep-fdg, nep-geo, nep-his and nep-sea
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