Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161866
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Klemp, Marc P. B.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6427
Abstract: 
Exploiting a novel geo-referenced data set of population diversity across ethnic groups, this research advances the hypothesis and empirically establishes that variation in population diversity across human societies, as determined in the course of the exodus of human from Africa tens of thousands of years ago, contributed to the di↵erential formation of pre-colonial autocratic institutions within ethnic groups and the emergence of autocratic institutions across countries. Diversity has amplified the importance of institutions in mitigating the adverse e↵ects of non-cohesiveness on productivity, while contributing to the scope for domination, leading to the formation of institutions of the autocratic type.
Subjects: 
autocracy
economic growth
diversity
institutions
out-of-Africa hypothesis of comparative development
JEL: 
O10
O43
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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