Can geography lock a society in stagnation?

Thang Dao, Julio Dávila

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We extend Galor and Weil (2000) by including geographical factors in order to show that under some initial conditions, an economy may be locked in Malthusian stagnation and never take off. Specifically, we characterize the set of geographical factors for which this happens, and this way we show how the interplay of the available “land”, its suitability for living, and its degree of isolation, determines whether an economy can escape stagnation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442 - 446
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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