Guzmán, Ricardo Andrés and Weisdorf, Jacob (2009): The Neolithic Revolution from a price-theoretic perspective.
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The adoption of agriculture during the Neolithic triggered the first demographic explosion in history. When fertility returned to its original level, early farmers found themselves more poorly nourished than hunter-gatherers and working longer hours to make ends meet. We develop a dynamic, price-theoretic model that rationalizes these events: in the short-run, fertility and utility increase; in the long-run, consumption, leisure, and utility fall below their initial levels. This, we argue, can be attributed to the rise in child labor productivity that followed the adoption of agriculture. Counter-intuitively, an increase in the productivity of children may lead to a permanent reduction in utility.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Neolithic Revolution from a price-theoretic perspective|
|Keywords:||Neolithic Revolution; hunter-gatherers; child labor; Thomas Malthus|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy > N30 - General, International, or Comparative
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics
|Depositing User:||Ricardo Andrés Guzmán|
|Date Deposited:||24. Apr 2009 00:25|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 12:52|
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