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Adult longevity and economic take-off: from Malthus to Ben-Porath

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  • de la CROIX, David

    (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

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We propose four arguments favoring the idea that medical effectiveness, adult longevity and height started to increase in Europe before the industrial revolution. This may have prompted households to increase their investment in human skills as a response to longer lives and initiated the transition from stagnation to growth.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2008048.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2008048

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Keywords: life expectancy; height; industrial revolution; human capital; adult mortality.;

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  1. Laura Leker & Grégory Ponthière, 2012. "Education, Life Expectancy and Family Bargaining: The Ben-Porath Effect Revisited," PSE Working Papers halshs-00715104, HAL.
  2. Azomahou, Theophile & Soete, Luc & Diene, Bity & Diene, Mbaye, 2012. "Optimal health investment with separable and non-separable preferences," MERIT Working Papers 047, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  3. Gilles Le Garrec & Stéphane Lhuissier, 2011. "Life expectancy, heavy work and the return to education: lessons for the social security reform," Sciences Po publications 2011-18, Sciences Po.
  4. Gilles Le Garrec & Stéphane Lhuissier, 2011. "Life expectancy, heavy work and return to education ; lessons for the social security reform," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2011-18, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).

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