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Birth, Death, and Development: A Simple Unified Growth Theory

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  • Holger Strulik

    (University of Hannover)

  • Jacob Weisdorf

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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This study provides a unified growth theory to correctly predict the initially negative and subsequently positive relationship between child mortality and net reproduction observed in industrialized countries over the course of their demographic transitions. The model captures the intricate interplay between technological progress, mortality, fertility and economic growth in the transition from Malthusian stagnation to modern growth. It identifies a number of structural breaks over the course of development, suggesting a high degree of complexity regarding the relationships between various economic and demographic variables.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 08-32.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0832

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Keywords: economic growth; mortality; fertility; structural change; industrial revolution;

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