Why some countries are poor and some rich – a non-Eurocentric view
from Deniz Kellecioglu
The latest issue of Real-World Economics Review includes my paper “Why some countries are poor and some rich – a non-Eurocentric view”. You may access it here (http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue52/Kellecioglu52.pdf). Below is an abstract not previously included. I hope many of you will read the article, recommend it to others, and perhaps use it in your research and/or lectures. Also, this blog post provides a forum to discuss the article (comments section below).
Racism and prejudice exist in every society. This paper hypothesises a relation between ethnic groups and economic levels at the global level, identifies for individual countries a representative morphological nuance and then shows that there exists a significant correlation between morphological traits and GDP per capita: the lighter, the richer; the darker, the poorer. Statistical analysis examines the magnitude of this economic inequality, and a brief histography looks at certain cultural imprints that produced it. The paper argues that although any ethnic group may go imperial, the European conquest of the Americas was characterized by distinct characteristics and consequences. These included Western Europe’s need to go imperial, its luck in the expansionary process, its practicing colour-coded racism and the augmenting of the resulting economic inequality by the advent of industrialism and capitalism.
Keywords: colonialism, ethnicity, inequality, international, morphology, and racism.