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Natural Selection and the Origin of economic Growth

This research develops an evolutionary growth theory that captures the interplay between the evolution of mankind and economic growth since the emergence of the human species. The theory suggests that the struggle for survival that had characterized most of human existence generated an evolutionary advantage to human traits that were complementary to the growth process, triggering the takeoff from an epoch of stagnation to sustained economic growth. © 2001 the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Paper provided by Brown University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2000-18.

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