Isolation and Development
Williams College - Department of Economics
Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Southern Methodist University - Department of Economics
September 28, 2009
Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 8, Nos. 2 & 3, 2010
This paper exploits cross-country variation in the degree of geographical isolation, prior to the advent of sea-faring and airborne transportation technologies, to examine its impact on the course of economic development across the globe. The empirical investigation establishes that prehistoric geographical isolation has generated a persistent beneficial effect on the process of development and contributed to the contemporary variation in the standard of living across countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Growth, Development, Isolation, Agglomeration, Globalization, International Trade
JEL Classification: O10, F15, N7Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 24, 2009 ; Last revised: July 4, 2012
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