Economic Systems of Foraging, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies

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


Dependence on agriculture for subsistence will be positively associated with various forms of socioeconomic competition. (75)


No significant relationship was found between dependence on agriculture for less than 45% of subsistence and presence of potlatches, slavery, social stratification, taxation, or political centralization. Above 45%, a positive trend for political centralization, taxation and social stratification emerges. However, since the hypothesis tested regards the emergence of agriculture specifically, the author does not find support in the expected range (<45% dependence).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regressionNot SupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN