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Germs, Social Networks, and Growth

  • Laura Veldkamp

    (NYU Stern)

  • Alessandra Fogli

    (University of Minnesota)

The network model also explains why societies with a high prevalence of contagious disease might evolve toward growth-inhibiting social institutions and how small initial differences can produce large divergence in incomes. Empirical work uses differences in the prevalence of diseases spread by human contact and the prevalence of other diseases as an instrument to identify an effect of social structure on technology diffusion.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 1074.

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