16 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009
Date Written: November 2009
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: Agglomeration, Development, Globalization, Growth, Isolation
JEL Classification: F15, N7, O10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Galor, Oded and Özak, Ömer, Isolation and Development (November 2009). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7531. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507527
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