Call for Papers
The Role of History, Biogeography, and Institutions for Comparative Development

Review of Economics and Institutions

Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University and NBER)
Andrea F. Presbitero (Universita Politecnica delle Marche)

The Review of Economics and Institutions is very pleased to invite papers for a special issue on "The Role of History, Biogeography, and Institutions for Comparative Development", which will be guest edited by Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University, and by Andrea F. Presbitero, Universita Politecnica delle Marche.

OVERVIEW: The importance of history, culture, and biogeography in shaping current institutions and the long-run process of economic development is the subject of an important and growing field of research, bringing together prominent scholars from different backgrounds. While understanding the wealth of nations has been one of the key questions in economics, earlier strands of literature have mainly focused on establishing the primacy of one factor over the others in the process of development. Nevertheless, there is an emerging consensus that our knowledge will remain incomplete unless the forces behind the formation and evolution of culture, ethnicity, and institutions are explored and identified. Assessing the role of historical legacies and biogeographical endowments are potential avenues for research.

TOPICS: This special issue would welcome submissions of original papers on the deep determinants of the cultural, institutional and economic wealth of nations. Comparative analysis across countries as well as sub-national empirical studies, are of interest. Possible, but not exclusive, topics include:
- Historical accidents and the persistence/reversals of comparative development;
- The interplay between cultural values and institutional formation;
- Geography, genes and the diffusion of institutions and culture;
- History, natural resources, ethnicity and civil wars;
- Geography, ethnicity, institutions and inequality;
- Which development policies offset "bad" history?
- The political economy of natural resources, institutions and growth;

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should electronically submit a completed paper by May 31, 2013 to the REI online website: and send it by e-mail to Stelios Michalopoulos ( and Andrea Presbitero ( Papers submitted for this special issue will undergo the normal journal review process and editorial response will be conveyed within ten weeks of the submission.

Posted 10/4/12