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Population, population density and technological change

  • Stephan Klasen


  • Thorsten Nestmann


In a model on population and endogenous technological change, Kremer combines a short-run Malthusian scenario where income determines the population that can be sustained, with the Boserupian insight that greater population spurs technological change and can therefore lift a country out of its Malthusian trap. We show that a more realistic version of the model, which combines population and population density, allows deeper insights into these processes. The incorporation of population density also allows a superior interpretation of the empirical regularities between the level of population, population density, population growth, and economic development, both at aggregated and disaggregated levels.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 611-626

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:19:y:2006:i:3:p:611-626
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