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Malthusian Population Oscillations

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  • Lee, Maw Lin
  • Loschky, David
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    Usual Malthusian population models conform to Malthus's summary statement but not to the full argument developed in his extensive historical survey. This expanded model includes oscillations in population growth, interdep endency between the preventive and positive checks and other factors. The model's parameters, estimated using the recently published Wrigl ey and Schofield English population data, support Malthus. The model, which yields oscillations in both population growth rates and real w ages, should prove to be a useful tool with which to explore England' s economic-demographic history. Moreover, studies in the history of t hought should be enriched by integrating his population and economic theories. Copyright 1987 by Royal Economic Society.

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    Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 97 (1987)
    Issue (Month): 387 (September)
    Pages: 727-39

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    1. Loschky, David J. & Krier, Donald F., 1969. "Income and Family Size in Three Eighteenth-Century Lancashire Parishes: A Reconstitution Study," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 29(03), pages 429-448, September.
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    1. Dalgaard, Carl-Johan & Strulik, Holger, 2011. "The Physiological Foundations of the Wealth of Nations," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-480, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
    2. Niels Møller & Paul Sharp, 2014. "Malthus in cointegration space: evidence of a post-Malthusian pre-industrial England," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 105-140, March.

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