Inequality and wealth creation in ancient history: Malthus' theory reconsidered

Svizzero, Serge and Tisdell, Clement (2014) Inequality and wealth creation in ancient history: Malthus' theory reconsidered. Economics and Sociology, 7 3: 222-239. doi:10.14254/2071-789X.2014/7-3/17

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Author Svizzero, Serge
Tisdell, Clement
Title Inequality and wealth creation in ancient history: Malthus' theory reconsidered
Journal name Economics and Sociology
ISSN 2071-789X
2306-3459
Publication date 2014-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.14254/2071-789X.2014/7-3/17
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 222
End page 239
Total pages 18
Place of publication Ternopil, Ukraine
Publisher Tsentr Sotsiolohichnykh Doslidzhen'
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The main purpose of this paper is to propose the hypothesis that inequality was essential for the sustainability and 'development' of early agriculturally based societies that developed in Prehistory and Ancient History. This was so for varied reasons: there was a need for some members of societies -- the dominant class also called the elite -- to escape from the Malthusian trap. In most cases, agriculture produced a bigger economic surplus eventually. In most cases, agriculture produced a bigger economic surplus eventually. Managerial problems -- such as the ones associated with storage, the division of labor, irrigation, trade -- being part of the consequences of the Neolithic revolution, created pressures to develop more centralized political organizations, a process which led later to the formation of the early states. This result involves an important modification of Malthus' theory. However, inequality -- though necessary -- was not a sufficient condition for the sustainability and economic development of these early societies.
Keyword Economic surplus
Elite dominance
Early civilizations
Inequality
Malthus
Property rights
Wealth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 02 Dec 2014, 19:58:57 EST by Emeritus Professor Clement Tisdell on behalf of School of Economics