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
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