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Genetic Diversity and Economic Development: Assessing the Key Findings in Ashraf and Galor (2013)

Raymond Caraher () and Michael Ash ()
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Raymond Caraher: Hampshire College
Michael Ash: Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics

Abstract: We replicate Ashraf and Galor (2013) and find that its conclusions concerning the association between human genetic diversity and economic development depend substantially on coding errors and sample selection. We correct the coding errors and add or update data on genetic diversity and population density from high-quality sources. We find little support for the hypothesis that variation in genetic diversity among subpopulations has a systematic relationship with economic development.

Keywords: genetics; development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N10 N30 N50 O10 O50 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-hea, nep-hpe, nep-soc and nep-ure
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