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The effect of subsistence on collapse and institutional adaptation in population-resource societies

Pezzey, John C.V; Anderies, John M


We extend the Brander-Taylor model of population and resource development in an isolated society by adding a resource subsistence requirement to people's preferences. This improves plausibility; amplifies population overshoot and collapse, and makes the steady state less stable; and allows for complete cessation of non-harvesting activities, in line with archaeological evidence for many societies. We then use bifurcation techniques to give a global analysis of four types of institutional...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Journal of Development Economics
DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3878(03)00078-6


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