A Bioeconomic Foundation of the Malthusian Equilibrium: Body Size and Population Size in the Long-Run

  title={A Bioeconomic Foundation of the Malthusian Equilibrium: Body Size and Population Size in the Long-Run},
  author={C. Dalgaard and H. Strulik},
  journal={Health Economics},
  • C. Dalgaard, H. Strulik
  • Published 2009
  • Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Empirically there is a strong inverse association between population density and body size. It holds in human societies at dierent levels of economic development; in biology it is known as "Damuth's law", with bearing on all mammalian species. Yet this intriguing trade-o between size and number of people lacks a microfounded theoretical explanation. This paper develops a bio-economic growth theory that provides one. We hypothesize that individuals face a fundamental choice of dividing resources… CONTINUE READING
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