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Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth

Brown University Working Paper No. 2000-18

58 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2000  

Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Omer Moav

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: April 12, 2002

Abstract

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. This unified theory encompasses the observed evolution of population, technology and income per capita in the long transition from an epoch of Malthusian stagnation to sustained economic growth. The theory suggests that prolonged economic stagnation prior to the transition to sustained growth stimulated natural selection that shaped the evolution of the human species, whereas the evolution of the human species was the origin of the take-off from an epoch of stagnation to sustained growth.

Keywords: Growth, Technological Progress, Fertility, Human Capital, Evolution, Natural Selection, Malthusian Stagnation

JEL Classification: O11, O14, O33, O40, J11, J13

Suggested Citation

Galor, Oded and Moav, Omer, Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth (April 12, 2002). Brown University Working Paper No. 2000-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=246300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.246300

Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Omer Moav (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/moav

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

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