Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth

Posted: 18 Nov 2002

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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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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. The theory suggests that the struggle for survival that had characterized most of human existence stimulated a process of natural selection and generated an evolutionary advantage to human traits that were complementary to the growth process, triggering the take-off from an epoch of stagnation to sustained economic 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. Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 117, pp. 1133-1192, November 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=339820

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)

London
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)

London
United Kingdom

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