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Annual Hard Frosts, Scale Effects and Economic Development: A Case not Closed

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  • Michael Funke

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  • Jessica Zuo

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In an influential 2001, Journal of Economic Growth paper, Masters and McMillan find that one factor differentiating wealthy countries from poor includes annual winter frosts, which helps farmers to increase agricultural productivity and helps people to control disease, particularly malaria. This paper discusses the robustness of the research finding that frost is a catchball for a variety of geographical indicators. The conclusion is that ultimate impact of frost upon growth is not clear-cut.

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Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 20308.

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Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ham:qmwops:20308

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Keywords: Climate; Frosts; Scale Effects; Growth;

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  1. Motamed, Mesbah J. & Florax, Raymond J.G.M. & Masters, William J., 2009. "Geography and Economic Transition: Global Spatial Analysis at the Grid Cell Level," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49589, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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