Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth
Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2727
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: 64
Keywords: Evolution, fertility, growth, human capital, Malthusian stagnation, natural selection, technological progress
JEL Classification: J11, J13, O11, O14, O33, O40working papers series
Date posted: March 26, 2001
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