The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

48 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2017 Last revised: 23 Apr 2018

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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: February 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 provides an overview of the literature on the macrogenoeconomics of comparative development, underscoring the significance of evolutionary processes and of human population diversity in generating differential paths of economic development across societies. Furthermore, it examines the contribution of a recent hypothesis set forth by Nicholas Wade, regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative development, to this important line of research.

Keywords: Comparative development, genes, genetic diversity, human evolution, natural selection, race, the �out of Africa� hypothesis

JEL Classification: N10, N30, O11, Z10

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Galor, Oded, The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development (February 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11873. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924733

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Oded Galor

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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