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2008 Lawrence R. Klein Lecture -- Comparative Economic Development: Insights from Unified Growth Theory

Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

October 2009

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7519

This paper explores the implications of Unified Growth Theory for the origins of existing differences in income per capita across countries. The theory sheds light on three fundamental layers of comparative development. It identifies the factors that have governed the pace of the transition from stagnation to growth and have thus contributed to contemporary variation in economic development. It uncovers the forces that have sparked the emergence of multiple growth regimes and convergence clubs, and it underlines the persistent effects that variations in pre-historical biogeographical conditions have generated on the composition of human capital and economic development across the globe.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: Comparative Development, Demographic Transition, Diversity, Globalization, Growth, Human Capital, Malthusian Stagnation, Technological Progress

JEL Classification: F40, J10, J13, N0, O11, O14, O15, O33, O40

Date posted: November 17, 2009  

Suggested Citation

Galor, Oded, 2008 Lawrence R. Klein Lecture -- Comparative Economic Development: Insights from Unified Growth Theory (October 2009). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7519. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1507515

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Oded Galor (Contact Author)
Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )
Providence, RI 02912
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/
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