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Genetic distance and income difference: Evidence from changes in China's cross-strait relations

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  • Bai, Ying
  • Kung, James Kai-sing

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Using the ending of the severance of ties between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan as a natural experiment, we show that relative but not absolute genetic distance from Taiwan has increased the income difference between pairs of Chinese provinces significantly.

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  • Bai, Ying & Kung, James Kai-sing, 2011. "Genetic distance and income difference: Evidence from changes in China's cross-strait relations," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 110(3), pages 255-258, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:3:p:255-258
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    1. Enrico Spolaore & Romain Wacziarg, 2015. "Ancestry, Language and Culture," NBER Working Papers 21242, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Enrico Spolaore & Romain Wacziarg, 2013. "How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 51(2), pages 325-369, June.

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