Maize and Precolonial Africa

@article{Cherniwchan2017MaizeAP,
  title={Maize and Precolonial Africa},
  author={Jevan Cherniwchan and Juan Moreno-Cruz},
  journal={Microeconomics: Welfare Economics \& Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  year={2017}
}
Columbus’s arrival in the New World triggered an unprecedented movement of people and crops across the Atlantic Ocean. We study an overlooked part of this Columbian Exchange: the effects of New World crops in Africa. Specifically, we test the hypothesis that the introduction of maize increased population density and Trans-Atlantic slave exports in precolonial Africa. We find robust empirical support for these predictions. We also find little evidence to suggest maize increased economic growth… 

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