Research Seminar on Diversity and Development. In common with HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (HSE ICSID).
NES Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development are pleased to announce the launch of joint NES CSDSI and HSE ICSID Research Seminar on Diversity and Development.
Andrea Matranga (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; ) will present his paper “Climate-Driven Technical Change: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture”.
For participating in the seminar, please, register before 1 p.m. on February 3rd, Tuesday (for organizing the pass for the entrance).
Please, take your ID with you for entrance to the HSE building.
Welcome to our seminar!
During the Neolithic Revolution, seven populations independently invented agriculture. In this paper, I argue that this innovation was a response to a large increase in climatic seasonality. Hunter-gatherers in the most affected regions became sedentary in order to store food and smooth their consumption. I present a model capturing the key incentives for adopting agriculture, and I test the resulting predictions against a global panel dataset of climate conditions and Neolithic adoption dates. I find that invention and adoption were both systematically more likely in places with higher seasonality. The findings of this paper imply that seasonality patterns 10,000 years ago were amongst the major determinants of the present day global distribution of crop productivities, ethnic groups, cultural traditions, and political institutions.