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Birth, Death, and Development: A Simple Unified Growth Theory

Holger Strulik () and Jacob Weisdorf

No 08-32, Discussion Papers from University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics

Abstract: This study provides a unified growth theory to correctly predict the initially negative and subsequently positive relationship between child mortality and net reproduction observed in industrialized countries over the course of their demographic transitions. The model captures the intricate interplay between technological progress, mortality, fertility and economic growth in the transition from Malthusian stagnation to modern growth. It identifies a number of structural breaks over the course of development, suggesting a high degree of complexity regarding the relationships between various economic and demographic variables.

Keywords: economic growth; mortality; fertility; structural change; industrial revolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O14 J10 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-12
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