Eye disease, the fertility decline, and the emergence of global income differences

Publikation: Working paperForskningfagfællebedømt

This research advances and empirically establishes the hypothesis that regional variation in the historical incidence of eye disease has influenced the current global distribution of per capita income. By reducing work life expectancy, high historical eye disease incidence has served to diminish the incentive to accumulate skills, thereby delaying the fertility transition and the take-off to sustained economic growth. As a consequence of a differential timing of the take-off to growth, prompted by differences in the inherent return to skill formation, global income disparities have emerged.
StatusUdgivet - 5 feb. 2014

ID: 100875256