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Malthus to modernity: wealth, status, and fertility in England, 1500–1879

Clark, Gregory and Cummins, Neil (2015) Malthus to modernity: wealth, status, and fertility in England, 1500–1879. Journal of Population Economics, 28 (1). ISSN 0933-1433

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00148-014-0509-9

Abstract

A key challenge to theories of long-run economic growth has been linking the onset of modern growth with the move to modern fertility limitation. A notable puzzle for these theories is that modern growth in England began around 1780, 100 years before there was seemingly any movement to limit fertility. Here we show that the aggregate data on fertility in England before 1880 conceals significant declines in the fertility of the middle and upper classes earlier. These declines coincide with the Industrial Revolution and are of the character predicted by some recent theories of long-run growth.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00148-...
Additional Information: © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 14:36
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57126

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