Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162753
Authors: 
Ashraf, Quamrul H.
Galor, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 2016-3
Abstract: 
A vibrant literature has emerged in recent years to explore the influences of human evolution and the genetic composition of populations on the comparative economic performance of societies, 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 genetic traits across populations. The recent attempt by Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History to expose the evolutionary origins of comparative economic development to a wider audience provides an opportunity to review this important literature in the context of his theory.
Subjects: 
comparative development
natural selection
human evolution
Malthusian era
Neolithic Revolution
genes
race
JEL: 
O11
N10
N30
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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