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standards to increase. This does not imply they were constant sometimes they went up for long periods of time, and then they went
A good example of this is the rise and decline of the ancient Greek
city states. Between 800BCE and 300BCE population expanded
rapidly, but many sources of evidence suggest that living standards
increased over this 500 year period. Ian Morris estimates that
consumption levels increased between 50 to 100%.
I’ argue that the nature of these dynamics are very revealing about
what processes drive economic growth. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis
September 2, 2009
8 / 19 Source: Morris, Ian (2004) “Economic Growth in Ancient Greece,” Journal of Institutional
And Theoretical Economics, 160, 709-742. Population Went Up Source: Morris, Ian (2004) “Economic Growth in Ancient Greece,” Journal of Institutional
And Theoretical Economics, 160, 709-742. Life Expectancy Increased S...
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