Is Poverty in Our Genes?
d’Alpoim Guedes, Jade
Lamberg-Karlovsky, Carl C.
Lewis, Cecil M.
Warinner, ChristinaNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationD’ Alpoim Guedes, Jade, Theodore C. Bestor, David Carrasco, Rowan Flad, Ethan Fosse, Michael Herzfeld, Carl C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, et al. 2013. “Is Poverty in Our Genes?” Current Anthropology 54 (1) (February): 71–79. doi:10.1086/669034.
AbstractWe present a critique of a paper written by two economists, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, which is forthcoming in the American Economic Review and which was uncritically highlighted in Science magazine. Their paper claims there is a causal effect of genetic diversity on economic success, positing that too much or too little genetic diversity constrains development. In particular, they argue that “the high degree of diversity among African populations and the low degree of diversity among Native American populations have been a detrimental force in the development of these regions.” We demonstrate that their argument is seriously flawed on both factual and methodological grounds. As economists and other social scientists begin exploring newly available genetic data, it is crucial to remember that nonexperts broadcasting bold claims on the basis of weak data and methods can have profoundly detrimental social and political effects.
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