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El legado colonial como determinante del ingreso per cápita departamental en Colombia

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  • Jaime Bonet


  • Adolfo Meisel Roca


Este trabajo utiliza los aportes teóricos y empíricos de la reciente literatura internacional sobre los determinantes del crecimiento económico de largo plazo, para explicar el origen histórico de las enormes desigualdades económicas regionales que caracterizan a Colombia. Los resultados indican que la geografía y la cultura no son un determinante directo de las diferencias en el ingreso per cápita regional. Sin embargo, la geografía tuvo un papel indirecto a través de su influencia en los patrones de poblamiento durante el período colonial. Si bien las estimaciones econométricas muestran la enorme influencia del legado colonial sobre las diferencias actuales en los ingresos departamentales, no es claro si el efecto ocurre vía las instituciones o el capital humano. Cualquiera que sea el canal de influencia, las recomendaciones de política apuntan a considerar que la inversión en capital humano sería la estrategia adecuada para fomentar la prosperidad económica de largo plazo en todo el territorio.

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Length: 61
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2006
Handle: RePEc:col:000102:002520
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