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dc.contributor.authorCinnirella, Francescoen_US
dc.contributor.authorKlemp, Marc P. B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWeisdorf, Jacob L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-26en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-11T15:55:46Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-11T15:55:46Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/64851-
dc.description.abstractWe question the received wisdom that birth limitation was absent among historical populations before the fertility transition of the late nineteenth-century. Using duration and panel models on family-level data, we find a causal, negative short-run effect of living standards on birth spacing in the three centuries preceding England's fertility transition. While the effect could be driven by biology in the case of the poor, a significant effect among the rich suggests that spacing worked as a control mechanism in pre-modern England. Our findings support the Malthusian preventive check hypothesis and rationalize England's historical leadership as a low population-pressure, high-wage economy.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aCenter for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo) |cMunichen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCESifo Working Paper: Economics of Education |x3936en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.jelN33en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordspacingen_US
dc.subject.keywordbirth intervalsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfertilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordlimitationen_US
dc.subject.keywordnatural fertilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordpreventive checken_US
dc.subject.stwFamilienplanungen_US
dc.subject.stwFruchtbarkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwLebensstandarden_US
dc.subject.stwSozialgeschichteen_US
dc.subject.stwGroßbritannienen_US
dc.titleMalthus in the bedroom: Birth spacing as a preventive check mechanism in pre-modern Englanden_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn726462799en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US

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