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The European Marriage Pattern and Its Measurement

Sarah G. Carmichael, Alexandra de Pleijt (), Jan Luiten van Zanden and Tine De Moor

The Journal of Economic History, 2016, vol. 76, issue 1, 196-204

Abstract: We review different interpretations of the European Marriage Pattern (EMP) and explore how they relate to the discussion of the link between the EMP and economic growth. Recently Dennison and Ogilvie have argued that the EMP did not contribute to growth in Early Modern Europe. We argue that the link between the EMP and economic growth is incorrectly conceptualized. Age of marriage is not a good scale for the degree to which countries were characterized by EMP. Rather, the economic effects of the EMP should be seen in the broader context of how marriage responds to changing economic circumstance.

Date: 2016
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