Agriculture, Diffusion and Development: Ripple Effects of the Neolithic Revolution

20 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2008

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Louis Putterman

Brown University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Are the effects of the Neolithic revolution still impacting on incomes across the world today? I find strong support for this proposition using new, country-specific estimates of the timing of the agricultural transition and provide evidence that the differences are due to how technological diffusion is accounted for. A correction for world migrations since 1500 significantly improves the fit. Transition year also helps to explain income in 1500 itself, and an alternative measure of pre-modern development, state history, has similar ability to predict income in 1500 and 1997.

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Putterman, Louis G., Agriculture, Diffusion and Development: Ripple Effects of the Neolithic Revolution. Economica, Vol. 75, No. 300, pp. 729-748, November 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1280423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00652.x

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