The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development
Quamrul H. Ashraf
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 3, September 2018
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 as well as the prehistoric "out of Africa" migration of anatomically
modern humans in generating worldwide variations in the composition of human
traits. This essay provides an overview of the literature on the macrogenoeconomics of
comparative development, underscoring the significance of evolutionary processes and
human population diversity in generating differential paths of economic development
across societies. Furthermore, it examines the contribution of Nicholas Wade's recent
hypothesis, regarding the evolutionary origins of comparative development, to this
important line of research.
Ashraf, Quamrul H., and Oded Galor.
"The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Economic History: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations: General, International, or Comparative
Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: General, International, or Comparative
Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General