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Title: Ancestral characteristics of modern populations

Author(s): Paola Giuliano and Nathan Nunn

Publication Date: May 2018

Keyword(s): cultural traits, Historical development, Persistence and Political Institutions

Programme Area(s): Development Economics, Economic History and Labour Economics

Abstract: We construct a database, with global coverage, that provides measures of the cultural and environmental characteristics of the pre-industrial ancestors of the world's current populations. In this paper, we describe the construction of the database, including the underlying data, the procedure to produce the estimates, and the structure of the final data. We then provide illustrations of some of the variation in the data and provide an illustration of how the data can be used.

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Giuliano, P and Nunn, N. 2018. 'Ancestral characteristics of modern populations'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.