Institutions and Demographic Responses to Shocks: Württemberg, 1634-1870

62 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2008

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Timothy W. Guinnane

Yale University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Sheilagh Ogilvie

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: March 1, 2008

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.

Keywords: Malthusian models, mortality, fertility, nuptiality, guilds

JEL Classification: N33, J10

Suggested Citation

Guinnane, Timothy W. and Ogilvie, Sheilagh, Institutions and Demographic Responses to Shocks: Württemberg, 1634-1870 (March 1, 2008). Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 962; Yale Economics Department Working Paper No. 44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1109058

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