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The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development

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The importance of evolutionary forces for comparative economic performance across societies has been the focus of a vibrant literature, highlighting the roles played by the Neolithic Revolution and the prehistoric "out of Africa" migration of anatomically modern humans in generating worldwide variations in the composition of human traits. This essay surveys this literature and examines the contribution of a recent hypothesis regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative economic development, set forth in Nicholas Wade's "A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History," to this important line of research.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2016-02.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2016
Date of revision: Jan 2017
Publication status: Forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature.
Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:2016-02
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