Hispaniola and its Economic Divergence

Journal title QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria
Author/s Roberto Ricciuti, Elena Zardo
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/3 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 161-184 File size 552 KB
DOI 10.3280/QU2013-003005
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Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are respectively on the left and right side of the island of Hispaniola, represent an interesting case of economic divergence: whereas in colonial times Haiti was richer than the current Dominican Republic, it is now one of the poorest countries in the Northern hemisphere, while the Dominican Republic is a developing country with a relatively good income per capita.We analyze possible institutional causes of this divergence, focusing on the effects of the different percentage of European colonizers on the island in the 17th century, the allocation of land in the 19th century, and the role of the US. EconLit Classification: O120, N900, P480

Keywords: Institutions, Development, Economic policy

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Roberto Ricciuti, Elena Zardo, Hispaniola e la divergenza economica in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 3/2013, pp 161-184, DOI: 10.3280/QU2013-003005