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The Role of Mortality in the Transmission of Knowledge

Michael Bar and Oksana Leukhina ()

DEGIT Conference Papers from DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade

Abstract: We investigate, both theoretically and quantitatively, a previously unexplored link between adult mortality and growth. Our mechanism allocates a central role to individuals as carriers of useful ideas and to personal contact as an important means of passing on the useful ideas to future generations. It thus implies that disrupting a human life will impede the process of knowledge transmission across generations. We embed this mechanism in a simple model of endogenous growth and fertility and use it to study its relevance in the application to the long-run growth experience of England.

Keywords: Economic growth; adult mortality; longevity; knowledge transmission; knowledge creation; ideas; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O40 O31 O33 J10 N10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-06
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