Unified Growth Theory and Comparative Economic Development

Monday, 23 April 2012 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

This monday we have the honour to receive Oded Galor to give the 2nd AMSE Globalization Lecture, on Unified Growth Theory and Comparative Economic Development.

As Chairman we have Alain Trannoy, and Cecilia Garcia-Penalosa and Raouf Boucekkine as speakers.

“This research documents the longest possible shadow of human history on comparative development. It establishes that deep-rooted factors, determined tens of thousands of years ago, have had a significant effect on the course of economic development from the dawn of human civilization to the contemporary era. In particular, it shows that about 16 percent of the cross-country variation in income per capita in the year 2000 (conditional on institutional, cultural, and geographical covariates) can be attributed to variation in genetic -diversity across the globe, as determined 70,000-90,000 years ago.Thus, the research highlights one of the deepest channels in comparative development, pertaining not to factors associated with the dawn of complex agricultural societies, as in Diamond’s (1997) influential hypothesis, but to conditions innately related to the very dawn of mankind itself.”

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One Response to Unified Growth Theory and Comparative Economic Development

  1. Graduate Economist says:

    On April 15, he presented a lecture to a graduate class in economic development at Yale University, “Inequality and the Process of Development: A Unified Perspective.”

    Here are the slides of his presentations:


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