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- DescriptionIn recent years it has become apparent that the pattern of population growth is consistent with the predictions of the Malthusian model. Studies on the pre-industrial epoch in a wide range of countries show positive income elasticities of mortality and a strong positive correlation between real wages and marriage rates. Negative shocks to population, such as the Black Death, were reflected in higher real wages and faster population growth. Moreover, the prediction of the Malthusian model that differences in techlogy should be reflected in population density, but t in standards of living, is also borne out. However, the empirical implications of the Malthusian model are more complex than simply a tendency of real wage to revert to its long-run equilibrium level together with slow population growth. Many factors have impinged on the fertility and mortality rates. A most striking feature of the preindustrial epoch is the simultaneous effect of contradictory forces. This volume studies these forces pushing towards both growth and poverty, and evaluates the utility of the Malthusian model as a tool for understanding demographic dynamics today.
- Author BiographyBRUNO CHIARINI holds a PhD from the University of Southampton, UK,and is full professor at the University of Naples Parthenope, Italy. He has published numerous articles in international journals and his research interests include econometric modelling, fiscal policy and strategic analysis. PAOLO MALANIMA holds a PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, and is Director of the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies of the National Research Council (ISSM-CNR), in Naples. He is author of articles and books on European economic history.
- Author(s)Bruno Chiarini,Paolo Malanima
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication29/11/2012
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleCentral Issues in Contemporary Economic Theory and Policy
- Place of PublicationBasingstoke
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Note11 black & white tables, 38 figures
- Weight418 g
- Width160 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byBruno Chiarini,Gustavo Piga,Paolo Malanima
- Series Edited byGustavo Piga
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