In Search of Roman Economic Growth

34 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2008

Date Written: June 9, 2008


This paper seeks to relate proxy indices of economic performance to competing hypotheses of sustainable and unsustainable intensive economic growth in the Roman world. It considers the economic relevance of certain types of archaeological data, the potential of income-centered indices of economic performance, and the complex relationship between economic growth and incomes documented in the more recent past, and concludes with a conjectural argument in support of a Malthusian model of unsustainable economic growth triggered by integration.

Keywords: Roman History, Roman Economy, Economic Growth, Malthusian Theory

JEL Classification: N10, N13, O10, O47

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, In Search of Roman Economic Growth (June 9, 2008). Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 060808, Available at SSRN: or

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

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