The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

45 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2017

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Quamrul H. Ashraf

Williams College - Department of Economics

Oded Galor

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

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Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Galor, Oded, The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development (January 2017). IZA Discussion Paper No. 10474. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903096

Quamrul H. Ashraf (Contact Author)

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Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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