Population, Population Density, and Technological Change

23 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2004

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Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thorsten Nestmann

University of Mainz - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

In a model on population and endogenous technological change, Kremer combines a short-run Malthusian scenario where income determines the population that can be sustained, with the Boserupian insight that greater population spurs technological change and can therefore lift a country out of its Malthusian trap. We show that a more realistic version of the model, which combines population and population density, allows deeper insights into these processes. The incorporation of population density also allows a superior interpretation of the empirical regularities between the level of population, population density, population growth, and economic development, both at aggregated and disaggregated levels.

JEL Classification: O3, J1, N3

Suggested Citation

Klasen, Stephan and Nestmann, Thorsten, Population, Population Density, and Technological Change (June 2004). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1209. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=558105

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Thorsten Nestmann

University of Mainz - Department of Economics ( email )

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Germany

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