Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27194
Authors: 
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion papers // School of Economics and Management of the Hanover Leibniz University 384
Abstract: 
Successful economic development is usually characterized by two salient phenomena: industrialization and demographic transition. Chronologically both events happen so closely to each other that historians and economists alike suspect that they are interrelated. This paper develops a theory for their interaction with a special emphasis on the different pattern and pace of transition in cross-country comparison. For that purpose it rationalizes why a population grows at high rates at geographic locations of high extrinsic mortality. This mechanism is then used to explain why both demographic transition and structural change proceed at slower speed in countries of low absolute latitudes. It is also shown that at tropical locations the pace of transition can be so slow that it sometimes looks like as if societies got stuck in the midst of the process.
Subjects: 
Industrialization
Structural Change
Demographic Transition
Geography
Health
Cross-Country Divergence
JEL: 
J10
J13
O11
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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