Transition to Agriculture and First State Presence: A Global Analysis

50 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2018

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Oana Borcan

Göteborg University

Ola Olsson

University of Gothenburg

Louis Putterman

Brown University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 4, 2018

Abstract

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 of first 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

Suggested Citation

Borcan, Oana and Olsson, Ola and Putterman, Louis G., Transition to Agriculture and First State Presence: A Global Analysis (September 4, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3243819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3243819

Oana Borcan

Göteborg University ( email )

Viktoriagatan 30
Göteborg, 405 30
Sweden

Ola Olsson

University of Gothenburg ( email )

Vasagatan 1
Goteborg, 405 30
Sweden

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Louis G. Putterman (Contact Author)

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Box B
Providence, RI 02912
United States
401-863-3837 (Phone)
401-863-1970 (Fax)

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