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Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth

  • Galor, Oded

    (Brown University; Hebrew University and CEPR)

  • Moav, Omer

    (Hebrew University)

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. This uni...ted theory encompasses the observed evolution of population, technology and income per capita in the long transition from an epoch of Malthusian stagnation to sustained economic growth. The theory suggests that prolonged economic stagnation prior to the transition to sustained growth stimulated natural selection that shaped the evolution of the human species, whereas the evolution of the human species was the origin of the tak-o from an epoch of stagnation to sustained growth.

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Paper provided by Institute for Futures Studies in its series Arbetsrapport with number 2000:5.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: 15 Aug 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifswps:2000_005
Note: ISBN 91-89655-12-5
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