The Malthusian trap and development in pre-industrial societies: a view differing from the standard one

Tisdell, Clem and Svizzero, Serge (2015). The Malthusian trap and development in pre-industrial societies: a view differing from the standard one. Social Economics, Policy and Development 59, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ350375_fulltext.pdf Full text (open access) application/pdf 141.54KB 3
Author Tisdell, Clem
Svizzero, Serge
Title The Malthusian trap and development in pre-industrial societies: a view differing from the standard one
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Social Economics, Policy and Development
Report Number 59
Publication date 2015-02-02
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Presents a simple economic theory explaining how some agriculturally based preindustrial societies (for example, in the Neolithic period) developed despite most of their population being subject to Malthusian dynamics. Their development depended on a dominant class (limited in size) extracting the economic surplus which could be used (among other things) to accumulate capital and advance knowledge and thereby, add to this surplus. Cities facilitated this process. Extraction of the surplus prevented increased population from dissipating it and curtailing development. Several early extractive and non-inclusive societies were long lasting. This is at odds with the theories of some contemporary development economists.
Keyword Institutional economics
Malthusian trap
Neolithic development
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Working Paper
Collection: School of Economics Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Mon, 02 Feb 2015, 14:34:18 EST by Emeritus Professor Clement Tisdell on behalf of School of Economics