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 (eds) (2009), “DP7531 Isolation and Development”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 7531. https://cepr.org/publications/dp7531