Are these the right papers for first-year Ph.D. students in Economics to read for their week spent thinking about the Malthusian Economy? If not these, what are the right papers?
Thomas Malthus (1798), An Essay on the Principle of Population, Preface and Chs. 1-5, Econlib http://www.econlib.org/library/Malthus/malPop.html
Gregory Clark (2005), “The Condition of the Working Class in England, 1209–2004.” Journal of Political Economy 113 (December): 1307–1340 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/498123.pdf
Richard Steckel (2008), "Biological Measures of the Standard of Living", Journal of Economic Perspectives 22:1 (Winter), pp. 129-52 http://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.22.1.129
Trevon Logan (2005), "The Transformation of Hunger: The Demand for Calories Past and Present" (Cambridge: NBER) http://www.nber.org/papers/w11754.pdf
Moses Finley (1965), "Technical Innovation and Economic Progress in the Ancient World", Economic History Review NS 18:1, pp. 29-45 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2591872
At the level of the world as a whole, population levels and growth rates...
At the level of the world as a whole, energy use...