Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Moore School of Business
John H McDermott
Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galors' (2013) study, "The `Out of Africa' Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development", seeks to explain cross-country variations in economic development, particularly per capita income, through variations in human genetic diversity. Their analysis depends on two fundamental assumptions; genetic diversity's positive effect upon technological productivity and its negative effect upon social capital. This study tests the validity of the results presented by Ashraf and Galor. Specifically, this study seeks to test whether or not the hump-shape relationship observed between income per capita and predicted genetic diversity is validated. Our empirical work supports their findings.
Williams, B. J.(2013). Does Human Genetic Diversity Affect Net Productivity?. (Master's thesis). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2419