From Foraging to Farming: Explaining the Neolithic Revolution

33 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2005

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Jacob Louis Weisdorf

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Abstract

This article reviews the main theories about the prehistoric shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture. The transition, also known as the Neolithic Revolution, was ultimately necessary to the rise of modern civilization by creating the foundation for the later process of industrialization and sustained economic growth. The article provides a brief historical survey of the leading hypotheses concerning the rise of agriculture proposed in the archaeological and anthropological literature. It then turns to a more detailed review of the theories put forth in the economic literature.

Suggested Citation

Weisdorf, Jacob Louis, From Foraging to Farming: Explaining the Neolithic Revolution. Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 561-586, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=785437

Jacob Louis Weisdorf (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark

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