Population Growth and Technological Change: One Million B.C. to 1990

  title={Population Growth and Technological Change: One Million B.C. to 1990},
  author={Michael Kremer},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
  • M. Kremer
  • Published 1 August 1993
  • Economics
  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
The nonrivalry of technology, as modeled in the endogenous growth Uterature, implies that high population spurs technological change. This paper constructs and empirically tests a model of long-run world population growth combining this implication with the Malthusian assumption that technology limits population. The model predicts that over most of history, the growth rate of population will be proportional to its level. Empirical tests support this prediction and show that historically, among… Expand
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