Geography And Institutions

Write one page on how geography and institutions have shaped the economic development of your assigned country.

First, describe the geography (Is transportation easy? What are the natural resources?) and the institutions (Was the country colonized? How is it governed now?) in some detail. Then, explain how these factors might have mattered for growth.

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Suggested sources: Diamond, Allen, websites from Week 1’s assignment. If you are finding it hard to find specifics on your country, talk about the region of the world (e.g. West Africa for Ghana).


  • 12 point font (Times New Roman, Computer Modern, or something similar)
  • Double spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • Cite at least 2 sources (one of which should be on the reading list)

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