Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80132
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Moav, Omer
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2004-14
Abstract: 
This research develops an evolutionary growth theory that captures the intricate time path of life expectancy in the process of development, shedding new light on the origin of the remarkable rise in life expectancy since the Agricultural Revolution. The theory argues that social, economic and environmental changes that were associated with the transition from hunter-gatherer tribes to sedentary agricultural communities and ultimately to urban societies affected the nature of the environmental hazards confronted by the human population, triggering an evolutionary process that had a significant impact on the time path of human longevity.
Subjects: 
Life Expectancy
Growth
Technological Progress
Evolution
Natural Selection
Malthusian Stagnation
JEL: 
I12
J13
N3
O10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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