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The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

Quamrul H. Ashraf, Oded Galor

NBER Working Paper No. 23199
Issued in February 2017
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth

The importance of evolutionary forces for comparative economic performance across societies has been the focus of a vibrant literature, highlighting the roles played by the Neolithic Revolution and the prehistoric “out of Africa” migration of anatomically modern humans in generating worldwide variations in the composition of human traits. This essay surveys this literature and examines the contribution of a recent hypothesis regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative economic development, set forth in Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, to this important line of research.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23199

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