Ancient Colonialism and the Economic Geography of the Mediterranean

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Dimitris K. Chronopoulos

University of St. Andrews - School of Management

Sotiris Kampanelis

University of St. Andrews

Daniel Oto‐Peralías

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

John O. S. Wilson

University of St. Andrews

Date Written: December 1, 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the legacy of ancient colonialism (by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Etruscans) in shaping the modern-day population concentration and economic activity of the Mediterranean region. By combining historical data on ancient colonies and current data on population density and night light emission, we find that geographic areas colonised by these civilisations tend to have higher population concentration and economic activity in the present day. We also show that ancient colonialism affected the origin and evolution of the urban system of the Mediterranean.

Keywords: Economic Geography, Economic Development, Ancient Colonialism, History, Mediterranean, Cities

JEL Classification: C21, N93, O1

Suggested Citation

Chronopoulos, Dimitris K. and Kampanelis, Sotiris and Oto‐Peralias, Daniel and Wilson, John O. S., Ancient Colonialism and the Economic Geography of the Mediterranean (December 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3004469

Dimitris K. Chronopoulos

University of St. Andrews - School of Management ( email )

The Gateway
North Haugh
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland KY16 9SS
United Kingdom

Sotiris Kampanelis

University of St. Andrews ( email )

The Gateway
North Haugh
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9RJ
United Kingdom

Daniel Oto‐Peralias (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Seville

John O. S. Wilson

University of St. Andrews ( email )

North St
Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

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