A Malthusian Model for All Seasons

University of Copenhagen Discussion Paper

7 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2007 Last revised: 28 May 2009

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Jacob Louis Weisdorf

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Paul Richard Sharp

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

An issue often discussed in relation to agricultural development is the effect on agricultural labour productivity of more intensive land-use. Introducing aspects of seasonality into a stylized Malthusian model, we unify two diverging views by showing that labour productivity may go up or down with agricultural intensification, depending on whether technological progress emerges in relation to cultivation or harvesting activities. Our result rests on evidence reported by Boserup (1965) and others, which suggests that harvest seasons in traditional agriculture are characterized by severe labour shortage.

Keywords: Boserup, Labour Productivity, Labour Surplus, Land Productivity, Malthus, Seasonality

JEL Classification: J22, N13, O10

Suggested Citation

Weisdorf, Jacob Louis and Sharp, Paul Richard, A Malthusian Model for All Seasons (September 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1016950

Jacob Louis Weisdorf (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

Paul Richard Sharp

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

DK-5230 Odense
Denmark

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