Isolation and Development

Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 8, Nos. 2 & 3, 2010

13 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2009 Last revised: 4 Jul 2012

See all articles by Quamrul H. Ashraf

Quamrul H. Ashraf

Williams College - Department of Economics

Oded Galor

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

Ömer Özak

Southern Methodist University - Department of Economics; IZA

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Date Written: September 28, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Growth, Development, Isolation, Agglomeration, Globalization, International Trade

JEL Classification: O10, F15, N7

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Galor, Oded and Özak, Ömer, Isolation and Development (September 28, 2009). Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 8, Nos. 2 & 3, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492482 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1492482

Quamrul H. Ashraf

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Oded Galor (Contact Author)

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Ömer Özak

Southern Methodist University - Department of Economics ( email )

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