Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2000:5: Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth

Oded Galor and Omer Moav
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Oded Galor: Brown University; Hebrew University and CEPR
Omer Moav: Hebrew University

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Growth; Technological Progress; Fertility; Human Capital; Evolution; Natural Selection; Malthusian Stagnation

JEL-codes: J11; J13; O11; O14; O33; O40

60 pages, August 15, 2000

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISBN 91-89655-12-5

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