The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development
45 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 2017
The importance of evolutionary forces for comparative economic performance across societies has been the focus of a vibrant literature, highlighting the roles played by the Neolithic Revolution and the prehistoric "out of Africa" migration of anatomically modern humans in generating worldwide variations in the composition of human traits. This essay surveys this literature and examines the contribution of a recent hypothesis regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative economic development, set forth in Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, to this important line of research.
Keywords: comparative development, human evolution, natural selection, genes, race, the "out of Africa" hypothesis, genetic diversity
JEL Classification: O11, N10, N30, Z10
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