Brander-Taylor model and variations

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Brander-Taylor Easter Island Model and its variations.

Brander and Taylor (1998) summarizes the background of the model as the following.

Easter Island (also called Rapa Nui) is a small Pacific island over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the coast of Chile, with a population (as of the early 1990's) of about 2,100. For the past two centuries, Easter Island has been regarded as a major archaeological and anthropological mystery. In particular, the Polynesian civilization in place at the time of first European discovery in 1722 is known to have been much poorer and much less  populous than it had been a few hundred years earlier. Thus the economic record in Easter Island is one of rising wealth and rising population, followed by decline.