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"Decessit sine prole" - childlessness, celibacy, and survival of the richest in pre-industrial England

de la Croix, David, Schneider, Eric B. and Weisdorf, Jacob (2018) "Decessit sine prole" - childlessness, celibacy, and survival of the richest in pre-industrial England. Economic History working papers (276/2018). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In explaining England's early industrial development, previous research has highlighted that wealthy pre-industrial elites had more surviving offspring than their poorer counter- parts. Thus, entrepreneurial traits spread and helped England grow rich. We contest this view, showing that lowerclass reproduction rates were no different from the elites when accounting for singleness and childlessness. Elites married less and were more often childless. Many died without descendants (decessit sine prole). We find that the middle classes had the highest reproduction and argue that this advantage was instrumental to England's economic success because the middle class invested most strongly in human capital.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Economic-History
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J12 - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N33 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Europe: Pre-1913
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 12:54
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 04:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87153

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