Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149186
Authors: 
Bertocchi, Graziella
Bozzano, Monica
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10327
Abstract: 
In this study we review the literature on the origins and implications of family structure in historical perspective with a focus on Italian provinces. Furthermore we present newly-collected data on three of the main features of family structure: female mean age at marriage, the female celibacy rate, and the fraction of illegitimate births. The data are collected at the provincial level for 1871, the year of Italy's political unification. The analysis of the data allows us to confirm and quantify the geographic differentiation in family patterns across the country. We also illustrate the links between family structure and a set of socio-economic outcomes, in the short, medium, and long run.
Subjects: 
family structure
Italian provinces
institutions
culture
development
JEL: 
J12
N33
O1
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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