NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Germs, Social Networks and Growth

Alessandra Fogli, Laura Veldkamp

NBER Working Paper No. 18470
Issued in October 2012

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We thank participants at the Minnesota Workshop in Macroeconomic Theory, NBER EF&G meetings, SED meetings, the Conference on the Economics of Interactions and Culture and Einaudi Institute, the Munich conference on Cultural Change and Economic Growth, SITE, NBER Macro across Time and Space, and NBER growth meetings and seminar participants at Bocconi, Brown, USC, Stanford, Chicago, Western Ontario, Minnesota, Penn State, George Washington, and NYU for their comments and suggestions. We thank Corey Fincher and Damian Murray for help with the pathogen data, Diego Comin, Pascaline Dupas, Chad Jones, and Marti Mestieri for useful comments, and Isaac Baley, Callum Jones, Hyunju Lee, David Low, and Amanda Michaud for invaluable research assistance. Laura Veldkamp thanks the Hoover Institution for its hospitality and financial support through the National Fellows Program. 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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