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Is there a role for genetics in economic development?

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  • Luis Angeles

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Spolaore and Wacziarg (2009) have presented evidence supporting a role of genetic distance to the United States as a barrier to economic development. We extend their empirical work by controlling for the share of Europeans and European descendants in the population. We find that the role of genetic distance disappears and o¤er two alternative interpretations of the patterns in the data.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2012_02.

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Keywords: Genetics; economic development; European settlement.;

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  1. Ideen A. Riahi, 2013. "Colonization and Genetics of Comparative Development," Working Papers dp13-11, CRABE, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University, revised 29 Oct 2013.
  2. Campbell, Douglas L. & Pyun, Ju Hyun, 2011. "The Diffusion of Development: Along Genetic or Geographic Lines?," MPRA Paper 35178, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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