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Title:The Primacy of Institutions Reconsidered: The Effects of Malaria Prevalence in the Empirics of Development PDF Logo
Authors:Gundlach, Erich
Issue Date:2004
Citation:[Series:] Kiel working paper [No.:] 1210 [Editor:] Kiel Inst. for the World Economy, Kiel
Series/Report no.:Kieler Arbeitspapiere 1210
Abstract:I reconsider the primacy of institutions over geography as an explanatory factor of cross-country differences in economic performance, which has recently been postulated by Acemoglu et al. (2001) and others. My estimates show that the reported missing direct performance effects of a measure of geography such as malaria prevalence are not robust to alternative specifications and samples. Unbiased estimates of the relative performance effects of institutions and malaria prevalence are difficult to obtain due to a lack of independent instrumental variables. Conditional on a restricted effect of institutions, my estimates suggest that malaria prevalence exhibits a large negative direct impact on economic performance, as postulated by Sachs (2003) and others.
Subjects:Economic development
institutions
malaria prevalence
JEL:O4
O1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW
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