Development Policy Given 'Deep Roots'

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Robert Klitgaard

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Johannes W. Fedderke

Pennsylvania State University - School of International Affairs

Valerio Napolioni

Stanford University - Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Date Written: October 4, 2017

Abstract

Recent research examines the effects on economic development of some "deep roots" such as geography, climate, pathogen burdens, and genetic diversity. At the country level, these variables turn out to explain much of the variance in many development outcomes. This paper analyzes new data about the country-level frequencies of a particular genetic polymorphism that responds to climate and disease and in turn affects human traits and values, and we show frequencies are strongly associated with various measures of development. We explore the interpretations and misinterpretations of such findings. Much more genetic information will be available in the years ahead, and we hope this paper serves as a guide to the uses and misuses in development economics of findings about genes and other deep roots of development.

Suggested Citation

Klitgaard, Robert and Fedderke, Johannes W. and Napolioni, Valerio, Development Policy Given 'Deep Roots' (October 4, 2017). Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 17-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3048170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3048170

Robert Klitgaard (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Johannes W. Fedderke

Pennsylvania State University - School of International Affairs ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sia.psu.edu/faculty/johannes_fedderke

Valerio Napolioni

Stanford University - Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences ( email )

United States

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