Rowthorn, Robert and Guzmán, Ricardo Andrés and Rodríguez-Sickert, Carlos (2011): The economics of social stratification in premodern societies.
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We present a microeconomic model of social stratification, which includes an endogenous fertility component. In the model, egalitarian and stratified societies coexist. The latter are divided into two hereditary classes: a warrior elite and a productive class. The model entails that the extra cost warriors must incur to train and equip their children for war determines the relative sizes of both classes and the degree of economic inequality. Higher costs of warrior children imply a greater economic advantage for warriors and a smaller ratio of warriors to producers. These results are consistent with the historical evidence. Finally, we explore conditions under which the social contributions of the warrior elite could discourage a revolution.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The economics of social stratification in premodern societies|
|Keywords:||Social stratification; income inequality; warfare; military participation ratio|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics
N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
|Depositing User:||Ricardo Andrés Guzmán|
|Date Deposited:||26. Dec 2011 03:39|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 19:38|
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