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

13 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

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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)

Marc Klemp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

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Date Written: 2019

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: O110, N100, N300, Z100

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Quamrul H. and Galor, Oded and Klemp, Marc, The Out of Africa Hypothesis of Comparative Economic Development: Common Misconceptions (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7453. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338807

Quamrul H. Ashraf (Contact Author)

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Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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Marc Klemp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

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