Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71690
Authors: 
Cervellati, Matteo
Sunde, Uwe
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7199
Abstract: 
We propose a unified growth theory to investigate the mechanics generating the economic and demographic transition, and the role of mortality differences for comparative development. The framework can replicate the quantitative patterns in historical time series data and in contemporaneous cross-country panel data, including the bi-modal distribution of the endogenous variables across countries. The results suggest that differences in extrinsic mortality might explain a substantial part of the observed differences in the timing of the take-off across countries and the worldwide density distribution of the main variables of interest.
Subjects: 
economic and demographic transition
adult mortality
child mortality
quantitative analysis
unified growth model
heterogeneous human capital
comparative development
development traps
JEL: 
E10
J10
J13
N30
O10
O40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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