Migration, Population Composition and Long Run Economic Development: Evidence from Settlements in the Pampas

  title={Migration, Population Composition and Long Run Economic Development: Evidence from Settlements in the Pampas},
  author={Federico Droller},
  journal={Macroeconomics: Production \& Investment eJournal},
  • Federico Droller
  • Published 1 September 2018
  • Geography
  • Macroeconomics: Production & Investment eJournal
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