FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION of Brander and Taylor's 1998 paper, "The simple economics of Easter Island: A Ricardo-Malthus model of renewable resource use," in the American Economic Review, resource economists have been interested in further developing a model to show how conflict, human institutions and customs, and technological change might act and interact to exacerbate or ameliorate the feast-famine or predator-prey cycle that caused catastrophe on Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Dalton, Thomas R.; Coats, R. Morris; and Taylor, Leon
"Economics and the Easter Island Metaphor,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 20
, Article 4.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol20/iss2/4