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A Compact Mathematical Model of the World System Economic and Demographic Growth, 1 CE - 1973 CE


  • Andrey Korotayev

    (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

  • Artemy Malkov

    (Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences)


We propose an extremely simple mathematical model that is shown to be able to account for more than 99 per cent of all the variation in economic and demographic macrodynamics of the world for almost two millennia of its history. This appears to suggest a novel approach to the formation of the general theory of social macroevolution.

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  • Andrey Korotayev & Artemy Malkov, 2012. "A Compact Mathematical Model of the World System Economic and Demographic Growth, 1 CE - 1973 CE," Papers 1206.0496,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1206.0496

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    1. Simon Kuznets, 1960. "Population Change and Aggregate Output," NBER Chapters,in: Demographic and Economic Change in Developed Countries, pages 324-351 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Chesnais, Jean-Claude, 1992. "The Demographic Transition: Stages, Patterns, and Economic Implications," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198286592.
    3. Charles I. Jones, 2005. "The Shape of Production Functions and the Direction of Technical Change," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 120(2), pages 517-549.
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    1. Two millenia of growth in a couple of equations
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2012-07-02 19:54:00


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    1. Ron W. NIELSEN, 2016. "Interpretations of Hyperbolic Growth," Journal of Economics and Political Economy, KSP Journals, vol. 3(4), pages 594-626, December.

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