Geography, European settlements and compared development in the Americas

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dc.contributor.author Silva, Luis Vaz
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-07T16:11:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-07T16:11:32Z
dc.date.issued 2005-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1342
dc.description.abstract The interplay between factor endowments,institutionl development and economic performance has received considerable attention in recent years. This paper exploits the importance of geographic factors and institutional structures for explaining patterns of settlement and examines how these influenced growth outcomes. I find evidence that prospective European migrants preferred to settle in regions with favourable natural endowments and institutional packages designed to attract them. These settlers not only benefited from a growth-inducing institutional framework but also contributed actively to its quality in a mutually reinforcing relationship. Countries that competed for migrants achieved higher income levels through institutional development and better provision of public goods. Finally, my findings show that the link between European migrants and economic development is not linear, as the positive effects of attracting European settlers on institutions and public goods are set off only when European populations grow to outnumber other ethnic groups. Countries where European migrants remained a minority were more likely to develop institutions that advantaged a small elite and eliminated opportunities for the bulk of the population. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP05/18 en
dc.subject.lcsh Factor proportions en
dc.subject.lcsh Institutional economics en
dc.subject.lcsh Land settlement patterns--America en
dc.subject.lcsh Colonies--Economic conditions en
dc.title Geography, European settlements and compared development in the Americas en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2005/WP05.18.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Silva|Luis Vaz |aut| en


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