Agriculture, Diffusion and Development: Ripple Effects of the Neolithic Revolution
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
© The London School of Economics and Political Science 2007
Volume 75, Issue 300, pages 729–748, November 2008
How to Cite
PUTTERMAN, L. (2008), Agriculture, Diffusion and Development: Ripple Effects of the Neolithic Revolution. Economica, 75: 729–748. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00652.x
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
- Final version received 19 April 2007.
Are the effects of the Neolithic revolution still impacting on incomes across the world today? I find strong support for this proposition using new, country-specific estimates of the timing of the agricultural transition and provide evidence that the differences are due to how technological diffusion is accounted for. A correction for world migrations since 1500 significantly improves the fit. Transition year also helps to explain income in 1500 itself, and an alternative measure of pre-modern development, state history, has similar ability to predict income in 1500 and 1997.