Encephalization and Division of Labor by Early Humans
AbstractWe draw on Ricardian comparative advantage between distinct persons to map out the division of labor among proto-humans in a village some 1.7 million years ago. A person specialized in maintaining a cooking fire in the village is of particular interest (Ofek ). We are also interested in modelling hunting by village males in teams. The large issue is whether and how specialization (division of labor) and interpersonal trade might have driven brain-expansion in early humans.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1161.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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early humans; division of labor; brain expansion;
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- John Hartwick, 2010. "Encephalization and division of labor by early humans," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 77-100, July.
- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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