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The Agricultural Origins of Time Preference
Pre-industrial agro-climatic characteristics that were conducive to higher return to agricultural investment, triggered selection, adaptation and learning processes that generated a persistent positive effect on the prevalence of long-term orientation in the contemporary era are established. Expand
Land Productivity and Economic Development: Caloric Suitability vs. Agricultural Suitability
This paper establishes that the Caloric Suitability Index (CSI) dominates the commonly used measure of agricultural suitability in the examination of the effect of land productivity on comparativeExpand
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 ofExpand
Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation
This research establishes the influence of linguistic traits on human behavior. Exploiting variations in the languages spoken by children of migrants with identical ancestral countries of origin, theExpand
Adaptive Consumption Behavior
In this paper we propose and study a theory of adaptive consumption behavior under income uncertainty and liquidity constraints. We assume that consumption is governed by a linear function of wealth,Expand
Geographical Roots of the Coevolution of Cultural and Linguistic Traits
This research explores the geographical origins of the coevolution of cultural and linguistic traits in the course of human history, relating the geographical roots of long-term orientation to theExpand
The Origins and Long-Run Consequences of the Division of Labor
This research explores the deep historical roots and persistent effects of the division of labor in pre-modern societies. It advances the hypothesis, and establishes empirically that populationExpand
Population Diversity, Division of Labor and Comparative Development
This research explores the emergence and prevalence of economic specialization and trade in pre-modern societies. It advances the hypothesis, and establishes empirically that population diversity hadExpand
Borderline Disorder: (De facto) Historical Ethnic Borders and Contemporary Conflict in Africa
We explore the effect of historical ethnic borders on contemporary non-civil conflict in Africa. Exploiting variations across artificial regions (i.e., grids of 50x50km) within an ethnicity'sExpand
The origins of the division of labor in pre-industrial times
This research explores the historical roots of the division of labor in pre-industrial societies. Exploiting a variety of identification strategies and a novel ethnic level dataset combining geocodedExpand