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Global population growth, technology and Malthusianconstraints: a quantitative growth theoretic perspective

Lanz, Bruno and Dietz, Simon and Swanson, Tim (2017) Global population growth, technology and Malthusianconstraints: a quantitative growth theoretic perspective. International Economic Review, 58 (3). pp. 973-1006. ISSN 0020-6598

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Identification Number: 10.1111/iere.12242

Abstract

We structurally estimate a two-sector Schumpeterian growth model with endogenous population and finite land reserves to study the long-run evolution of global population, technological progress and the demand for food. The estimated model closely replicates trajectories for world population, GDP, sectoral productivity growth and crop land area from 1960 to 2010. Projections from 2010 onwards show a slowdown of technological progress, and, because it is a key determinant of fertility costs, significant population growth. By 2100 global population reaches 12.4 billion and agricultural production doubles, but the land constraint does not bind because of capital investment and technological progress.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Additional Information: © 2017 John Wiley & Sons
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 08:10
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 14:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66496

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