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Title:Institutions and demographic responses to shocks: Württemberg, 1634-1870 PDF Logo
Authors:Guinnane, Timothy W.
Ogilvie, Sheilagh
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Center discussion paper // Economic Growth Center 962
Abstract:Simple Malthusian models remain an important tool for understanding pre-modern demographic systems and their connection to the economy. But most recent literature has lost sight of the institutional context for demographic behavior that lay at the heart of Malthus's own analysis. This paper estimates a short-run version of a Malthusian model for two Württemberg communities from 1646 to 1870. Württemberg differed institutionally from the northwest European societies analyzed in previous studies. The impact of institutional differences shows clearly in differing demographic reactions to economic shocks. Mortality was less sensitive to shocks than one would expect, while nuptiality was especially sensitive.
Subjects:Malthusian models
mortality
fertility
nuptiality
guilds
JEL:N33
J10
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Center Discussion Papers, Economic Growth Center (EGC), Yale University

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