Back to the Future of Green Powered Economies

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    • Friday September 7, 2012
      2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Old CE Building, Room G10
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Juan Moreno-Cruz


Summary Sentence: Juan Moreno-Cruz presents at School of Economics 2012 Fall Seminar Series

Full Summary: Presentation by Juan Moreno-Cruz, Economics - "Back to the Future of Green Powered Economies"

Presentation by Juan Moreno-Cruz, School of Economics, Georgia Tech


The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of power density [Watts/m²] into economics. By introducing an explicit spatial structure into a simple general equilibrium model we are able to show how the power density of available energy resources determines the extent of energy exploitation, the density of urban agglomerations, and the peak level of income per capita. Using a simple Malthusian model to sort population across geographic space we demonstrate how the density of available energy supplies creates density in energy demands by agglomerating economic activity. We label this result the density-creates-density hypothesis and evaluate it using data from pre and post fossil-fuel England from 1086 to 1801.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of Economics, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, School of Modern Languages, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, School of History and Sociology, School of Public Policy

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