Property Rights, Warfare and the Neolithic Transition
AbstractThis paper explains the multiple adoption of agriculture around ten thousand years ago, in spite of the fact that the first farmers suffered worse health and nutrition than their hunter gatherer predecessors. If output is harder for farmers to defend, adoption may entail increased defense investments, and equilibrium consumption levels may decline as agricultural productivity increases over a signi ficant range, before eventually increasing thereafter. Agricultural adoption may have been a prisoners’ dilemma in that adoption was individually attractive even though all groups would have been better off committing not to adopt while the initial productivity advantage of agriculture remained low.
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agriculture; defense; property rights; contest functions; Neolithic transition;
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- Rowthorn, Robert & Seabright, Paul, 2010. "Property Rights, Warfare and the Neolithic Transition," TSE Working Papers 10-207, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2010-12-23 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2010-12-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-CWA-2010-12-23 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-EVO-2010-12-23 (Evolutionary Economics)
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