Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62672
Authors: 
Ashraf, Quamrul
Galor, Oded
Ozak, Omer
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2009-9
Abstract: 
This paper exploits cross-country variation in the degree of geographical isolation, prior to the advent of sea-faring and airborne transportation technologies, to examine its impact on the course of economic development across the globe. The empirical investigation establishes that prehistoric geographical isolation has generated a persistent beneficial effect on the process of development and contributed to the contemporary variation in the standard of living across countries.
Subjects: 
Growth
Development
Isolation
Agglomeration
Globalization
JEL: 
O10
F15
N7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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