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Isolation and Development

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 Brown University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-9.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:bro:econwp:2009-9
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