Landowning, status and population growth

Lehmijoki, U. & Palokangas, T. (2014). Landowning, status and population growth. In: Dynamic Optimization in Environmental Economics. Eds. Tragler, E. Moser, W. Semmler, G. & Veliov, V.M., Germany pp.315-328 (2014): Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-54085-1 10.1007/978-3-642-54086-8_14.

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This paper considers the effects of the landowning and land reforms on economic and demographic growth by a family-optimization model with endogenous fertility and status-seeking. A land reform provides the peasant with strong incentives to limit their family size and to improve the productivity of the land. Even though the income effect due to the land reform tends to raise fertility, a strong enough status-effect outweighs it, thus generating a decrease in population growth. The European demographic history provides supporting anecdotal evidence for this theoretical result.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Bibliographic Reference: In: E. Moser, W. Semmler, G. Tragler and V.M. Veliov (Eds); Dynamic Optimization in Environmental Economics; Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany pp.315-328 (2014)
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