Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth
Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Economics
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 117, pp. 1133-1192, November 2002
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. The theory suggests that the struggle for survival that had characterized most of human existence stimulated a process of natural selection and generated an evolutionary advantage to human traits that were complementary to the growth process, triggering the take-off from an epoch of stagnation to sustained economic growth.
Keywords: Growth, Technological Progress, Fertility, Human Capital, Evolution, Natural Selection, Malthusian Stagnation
JEL Classification: O11, O14, O33, O40, J11, J13Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 18, 2002
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