Replication data for: How the West "Invented" Fertility Restriction
- Voigtländer, Nico
- Voth, Hans-Joachim
AbstractWe analyze the emergence of the first socioeconomic institution in history limiting fertility: west of a line from St. Petersburg to Trieste, the European Marriage Pattern (EMP) reduced childbirths by approximately one-third between the fourteenth and eighteenth century. To explain the rise of EMP we build a two-sector model of agricultural production—grain and livestock. Women have a comparative advantage in animal husbandry. After the Black Death in 1348–1350, land abundance triggered a shift toward the pastoral sector. This improved female employment prospects, leading to later marriages. Using detailed data from England, we provide strong evidence for our mechanism.
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DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.6.2227 (Text)
Voigtländer, Nico, and Hans-Joachim Voth. “How the West ‘Invented’ Fertility Restriction.” American Economic Review 103, no. 6 (October 2013): 2227–64. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.103.6.2227.
- ID: 10.1257/aer.103.6.2227 (DOI)
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