Macrohistory Seminar – Fabio Mariani (Université Catholique de Louvain) Structural change and human handedness: how economic development can shape evolutionary forces

Event details

  • | Thursday, January 10
  • 12:15 PM
  • Kaiserplatz 7-9, 4th floor, Room 4.006
Structural change and human handedness: how economic development can shape evolutionary forces.

This paper proposes a theory linking structural change, differential fertility and the evolution of left-handedness, a genetically determined human trait. By doing so, we are able to rationalize the U-shaped trajectory followed by left-handedness rates over the past two centuries, in the Western World. Our research provides an example of how economic development can shape evolutionary forces, thus improving our understanding of the growth-diversity link.

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