Transition to Agriculture and First State Presence: A Global Analysis
50 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 4, 2018
It has often been observed that the emergence of states in a region is typically preceded by an earlier transition to agricultural production. Using new data on the date offirst state emergence within contemporary countries, we present a global scale analysis of the chronological relationship between the transition to agriculture and the subsequent emergence of states. We find statistically significant relationships between early reliance on agriculture and state age in all sub-samples. Our findings show that this relationship is not markedly different in cases where states were imposed from outside or when they emerged through internal origination.
Keywords: Agricultural transition, States
JEL Classification: N50, O43
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