Guzmán, Ricardo Andrés (2007): Many hands make hard work, or why agriculture is not a puzzle.
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The adoption of agriculture, some 10,000 years ago, triggered the first demographic explosion in human history. When fertility fell back to its original level, early farmers found themselves worse fed than the previous hunter-gatherers, and worked longer hours to make ends meet. I develop a price-theoretical model with endogenous fertility that rationalizes these events. The results are driven by the reduction in the cost of children that followed the adoption of agriculture.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Escuela de Administración, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile|
|Original Title:||Many hands make hard work, or why agriculture is not a puzzle|
|Keywords:||Paleoeconomics; economic anthropology; Neolithic Revolution; hunter-gatherers; agriculture; Price Theory|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J22 - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A14 - Sociology of Economics
|Depositing User:||Ricardo Andrés Guzmán|
|Date Deposited:||17. Jul 2008 00:55|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 09:37|
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