A bioeconomic view of the transition to agriculture: a comment
Arthur Robson (2010) presents an ingenious model to explain why the standard of living apparently fell during the Neolithic transition from hunter-gathering to agriculture. His demonstration relies on a production function that has a strong property with regard to technical change. This note shows how Robson's result can be obtained using a more familiar set of restrictions on technical change. Under these restrictions, an improvement in technology will cause parents to invest less per child and the standard of living will fall.
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Volume (Year): 44 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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