Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161097
Authors: 
Ashraf, Quamrul
Galor, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10474
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
comparative development
human evolution
natural selection
genes
race
the "out of Africa" hypothesis
genetic diversity
JEL: 
O11
N10
N30
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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