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The Diffusion of Development: Along Genetic or Geographic Lines?

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  • Douglas L. Campbell

    (New Economic School (NES))

  • Ju Hyun Pyun

    (Korea University Business School)

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Why are some societies still poor? Recent research suggests that a country’s “genetic distance”—a measure of the time elapsed since two populations had common ancestry—from the United States is a significant predictor of development even after controlling for an ostensibly exhaustive list of geographic, historical, religious and linguistic variables. We find, by contrast, that the correlation of genetic distance from the US and GDP per capita disappears with the addition of controls for geography, including distance from the equator and a dummy for sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Douglas L. Campbell & Ju Hyun Pyun, 2014. "The Diffusion of Development: Along Genetic or Geographic Lines?," Working Papers w0211, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
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    Keywords

    Genetic Distance; Economic Development; Geography; Climatic Similarity; Technological Diffusion;
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    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O49 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Other

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