7. Geography and Uncontrollable Factors - Readings

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Acemoglu and Robinson’s work is famous for arguing that institutions are the fundamental cause of differences in income and growth around the world. This chapter argues that other theories–geography, culture, and ignorance–are insufficient to explain the differences.

Sachs, Mellinger, and Gallup are famous for papers emphasizing the role of geography in determining economic development. This is a short article in Scientific American written for a popular audience that summarizes their research.

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