Discussion paper

DP7531 Isolation and Development

This paper exploits cross-country variation in the degree of geographical isolation, prior to the advent of sea-faring and airborne transportation technologies, to examine its impact on the course of economic development across the globe.
The empirical investigation establishes that prehistoric geographical isolation has generated a persistent beneficial effect on the process of development and contributed to the contemporary variation in the standard of living across countries.


Galor, O and Q Ashraf (2009), ‘DP7531 Isolation and Development‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 7531. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp7531