Isolation and Development
Quamrul H. Ashraf
Williams College - Department of Economics
Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Southern Methodist University - Department of Economics
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7531
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: 16
Keywords: Agglomeration, Development, Globalization, Growth, Isolation
JEL Classification: F15, N7, O10
Date posted: November 17, 2009