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The "Out of Africa" Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development

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This research advances and empirically establishes the hypothesis that, in the course of the prehistoric exodus of Homo sapiens out of Africa, variation in migratory distance to various settlements across the globe affected genetic diversity and has had a long-lasting hump-shaped effect on comparative economic development, reflecting the trade-off between the beneficial and the detrimental effects of diversity on productivity. While intermediate levels of genetic diversity prevalent among Asian and European populations have been conducive for development, the high diversity of African populations and the low diversity of Native American populations have been detrimental for the development of these regions.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2013-10.

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Length: 111 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
Date of revision: Dec 2012
Publication status: forthcoming, American Economic Review
Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:2013-10

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Keywords: The "Out of Africa" hypothesis; Human genetic diversity; Comparative development; Income per capita; Population density; Neolithic Revolution; Land productivity;

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