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Family types and the persistence of regional disparities in Europe

Duranton, Gilles, Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Sandall, Richard (2008) Family types and the persistence of regional disparities in Europe. SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0009. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines the association between one of the most basic institutional forms, the family, and a series of demographic, educational, social, and economic indicators across regions in Europe. Using Emmanuel Todd’s classification of medieval European family systems, we identify potential links between family types and regional disparities in household size, educational attainment, social capital, labor participation, sectoral structure, wealth, and inequality. The results indicate that medieval family structures seem to have influenced European regional disparities in virtually every indicator considered. That these links remain, despite the influence of the modern state and population migration, suggests that either such structures are extremely resilient or else they have in the past been internalized within other social and economic institutions as they developed.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2008 Gilles Duranton, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Richard Sandall
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SERCDP0009
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 10:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33152/

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