The Out of Africa Hypothesis of Comparative Economic Development: Common Misconceptions

11 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2018

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Quamrul H. Ashraf

Williams College - Department of Economics

Marc Klemp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Oded Galor

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

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Date Written: November 29, 2018

Abstract

The importance of the prehistoric migration of anatomically modern humans from Africa for comparative economic development has been the focus of a vibrant research agenda in the past decade. This influential literature has attracted the attention of some scholars from other disciplines, and in light of existing methodological gaps across fields, has perhaps unsurprisingly generated some significant misconceptions. This article examines the critical views expressed by some scholars from other disciplines, and establishes that they are based on fundamental misunderstandings of the statistical methodology, the conceptual framework, and the scope of the analysis that characterize this influential literature.

Keywords: Comparative development, interpersonal population diversity, the out of Africa hypothesis

JEL Classification: O11, N10, N30, Z10

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Klemp, Marc and Galor, Oded, The Out of Africa Hypothesis of Comparative Economic Development: Common Misconceptions (November 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3293035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3293035

Quamrul H. Ashraf

Williams College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Marc Klemp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark

Oded Galor (Contact Author)

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

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