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Can geography lock a society in stagnation?

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  • Dao, Nguyen Thang
  • Dávila, Julio

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We extend Galor and Weil (2000) by including geographical factors in order to show that under some initial conditions, an economy may be locked in Malthusian stagnation and never take off. Specifically, we characterize the set of geographical factors for which this happens, and this way we show how the interplay of the available “land”, its suitability for living, and its degree of isolation, determines whether an economy can escape stagnation.

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  • Dao, Nguyen Thang & Dávila, Julio, 2013. "Can geography lock a society in stagnation?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(3), pages 442-446.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:3:p:442-446 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.05.031
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    1. Nguyen Thang Dao, 2016. "From agriculture to manufacturing: How does geography matter?," Cliometrica, Springer;Cliometric Society (Association Francaise de Cliométrie), vol. 10(3), pages 277-309, September.
    2. DI SUMMA, Marco, 2013. "The convex hull of the all-different system with the inclusion property: a simple proof," CORE Discussion Papers 2013069, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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    Keywords

    Geographical factors; Loss of technology; Human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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