NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Cultural Diversity, Geographical Isolation, and the Origin of the Wealth of Nations

Quamrul Ashraf, Oded Galor

NBER Working Paper No. 17640
Issued in December 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Daron Acemoglu, Dror Brenner, Raquel Fernández, Peter Howitt, Boyan Jovanovic, Ross Levine, Elias Papaioannou, Yona Rubinstein, Andrei Shleifer, Enrico Spolaore, Joachim Voth, David Weil, seminar participants at Ben-Gurion, Brown, Copenhagen, Doshisha, Hebrew U, Hitotsubashi, IMF, Keio, Kyoto, Osaka, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Tufts, the World Bank, as well as conference participants at the CEPR UGT Summer Workshop, the NBER Macroeconomics Across Time and Space group meeting, the KEA International Employment Forum, the NBER Culture and Institutions group meeting, and the NBER Political Economy group meeting for their helpful comments and suggestions. Yoni Bedine, Boris Gershman, and Dean Weesner provided superlative research assistance. Galor's research is supported by NSF grant SES-0921573. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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