Property Rights, Warfare and the Neolithic Transition

Rowthorn, Robert and Seabright, Paul (2010) Property Rights, Warfare and the Neolithic Transition. TSE Working Paper, n. 10-207, Toulouse

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Abstract

This paper explains the multiple adoption of agriculture around ten thousand years ago, in spite of the fact that the first farmers suffered worse health and nutrition than their hunter gatherer predecessors. If output is harder for farmers to defend, adoption may entail increased defense investments, and equilibrium consumption levels may decline as agricultural productivity increases over a significant range, before eventually increasing thereafter. Agricultural adoption may have been a prisoners’ dilemma in that adoption was individually attractive even though all groups would have been better off committing not to adopt while the initial productivity advantage of agriculture remained low.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: November 2010
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture, defense, property rights, contest functions, Neolithic transition
JEL codes: D74 - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
N30 - General, International, or Comparative
N40 - General, International, or Comparative
O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O40 - General
Q10 - General
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:03
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 16:15
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:23846
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/3534

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