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Title From Malthus' stagnation to sustained growth : social, demographic and economic factors / edited by Bruno Chiarini, Paolo Malanima
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (pages .)
Series Central issues in contemporary economic theory and policy
Central issues in contemporary economic theory and policy.
Contents Demographic Dynamics and Economic Changes in Europe before the 19th Century; B. Chiarini & P. Malanima -- Unified Growth Theory and Comparative Development; O. Galor -- Population Dynamics, Malthusian Crises and Boserupian Innovation in Pre-Industrial Societies; G. Alfani -- Energy and Economic Growth in Europe; S. Bartoletto -- The Path Towards the Modern Economy; P. Malanima -- Accounting for Child Mortality in the Pre-Industrial European Economy; B. Chiarini & M. Giannini -- A Basic Model of Take-Off and Fertility Choices in the Economic Development Process; E. Bucciarelli & G. Giulioni -- Population, Earth Carrying Capacity and Economic Growth; G. Scarano -- The Post-Malthusian Moment: Some Responses to Population Explosion in Britain c.1840; P. Bouche
Summary In recent years it has become apparent that the pattern of population growth is consistent with the predictions of the Malthusian model. Studies on the pre-industrial epoch in a wide range of countries show positive income elasticities of mortality and a strong positive correlation between real wages and marriage rates. Negative shocks to population, such as the Black Death, were reflected in higher real wages and faster population growth. Moreover, the prediction of the Malthusian model that differences in technology should be reflected in population density, but not in standards of living, is also borne out. However, the empirical implications of the Malthusian model are more complex than simply a tendency of real wage to revert to its long-run equilibrium level together with slow population growth. Many factors have impinged on the fertility and mortality rates. A most striking feature of the preindustrial epoch is the simultaneous effect of contradictory forces. This volume studies these forces pushing towards both growth and poverty, and evaluates the utility of the Malthusian model as a tool for understanding demographic dynamics today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Economic development.
Form Electronic book
Author Chiarini, Bruno.
Malanima, Paolo.
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