Economic Systems of Foraging, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies

Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 316
By Frederic L. Pryor


Foraging groups with lower levels of economic development (Classic and transitional foragers) can be identified with certain property and distribution characteristics (42).


Both classic and transitional foragers have significantly lower incidences of wealth inequality and taxation/tribute. Additionally, classic foragers have significantly less market/barter exchange, food storage, intangible wealth, and inheritance. Transitional foragers have significantly lower slavery, and significantly higher food sharing and land possession. Neither group had significant incidence of marriage wealth transfer.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Probit RegressionPartially supportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN