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Evolution and the Growth Process: Natural Selection of Entrepreneurial Traits

Oded Galor () and Stelios Michalopoulos ()

No 17075, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This research suggests that a Darwinian evolution of entrepreneurial spirit played a significant role in the process of economic development and the dynamics of inequality within and across societies. The study argues that entrepreneurial spirit evolved non-monotonically in the course of human history. In early stages of development, risk-tolerant, growth promoting traits generated an evolutionary advantage and their increased representation accelerated the pace of technological progress and the process of economic development. In mature stages of development, however, risk-averse traits gained an evolutionary advantage, diminishing the growth potential of advanced economies and contributing to convergence in economic growth across countries.

JEL-codes: J11 J13 O11 O14 O33 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-05
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Published as Journal of Economic Theory, March 2012, 147(2): 759-780

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