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The Neolithic Revolution from a price-theoretic perspective

Ricardo Guzmán ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Jacob Louis Weisdorf

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The adoption of agriculture, some 10,000 years ago, triggered the first demographic explosion in human history. When fertility fell back to its original level, early farmers found themselves worse fed than the previous hunter-gatherers, and worked longer hours to make ends meet. I develop a dynamic, price-theoretic model with endogenous fertility that rationalises these events. The results are driven by the reduction in the cost of children that followed the adoption of agriculture.

Keywords: Paleoeconomics; Neolithic Revolution; hunter-gatherers; Malthus (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z1 N5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-08-16
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