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Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth


Oded Galor


Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Omer Moav


University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

April 12, 2002

Brown University Working Paper No. 2000-18

Abstract:     
This research develops an evolutionary growth theory that captures the interplay between the evolution of mankind and economic growth since the emergence of the human species. This unified theory encompasses the observed evolution of population, technology and income per capita in the long transition from an epoch of Malthusian stagnation to sustained economic growth. The theory suggests that prolonged economic stagnation prior to the transition to sustained growth stimulated natural selection that shaped the evolution of the human species, whereas the evolution of the human species was the origin of the take-off from an epoch of stagnation to sustained growth.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: Growth, Technological Progress, Fertility, Human Capital, Evolution, Natural Selection, Malthusian Stagnation

JEL Classification: O11, O14, O33, O40, J11, J13

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Date posted: November 16, 2000  

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Galor, Oded and Moav, Omer, Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth (April 12, 2002). Brown University Working Paper No. 2000-18. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=246300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.246300

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Oded Galor
Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )
Providence, RI 02912
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/
Omer Moav (Contact Author)
University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/moav
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics ( email )
Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel
+972 2 588 3121 (Phone)
+972 2 581 6071 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://economics.huji.ac.il/facultye/moav/moav.html
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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