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This paper exploits cross-country variation in the degree of geographical isolation, prior to the advent of sea-faring and airborne transportation technologies, to examine its impact on the course of economic development across the globe. The empirical investigation establishes that prehistoric geographical isolation has generated a persistent beneficial effect on the process of development and contributed to the contemporary variation in the standard of living across countries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Center for Development Economics with number 2009-02.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Publication status: published in Journal of the European Economic Association, April/May 2010, 8(2-3), pp. 401-412.
Handle: RePEc:wil:wilcde:2009-02

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Keywords: Growth; Development; Isolation; Agglomeration; Globalization;

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  1. Isolation and development
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2009-10-26 14:30:00
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  2. Wahl, Fabian, 2012. "Why it matters what people think: Beliefs, legal origins and the deep roots of trust," FZID Discussion Papers 52-2012, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  3. Mehmet Tosun, 2006. "Externalities from International Labor Migration: Efficacy of a Brain Drain Tax in the Euro-Mediterranean Region," Working Papers 06-007, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics & University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics.
  4. Elise S. Brezis & Verdier Thierry, 2014. "Geography, Economics and Political Systems: A Bird’s Eye View," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 12(1), pages 29-36, 04.
  5. Ömer Özak, 2012. "Distance to the Technological Frontier and Economic Development," Departmental Working Papers 1201, Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics.
  6. Ruben Durante, 2010. "Risk, Cooperation and the Economic origins of social Trust: an empirical Investigation," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/eu4vqp9ompq, Sciences Po.

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