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Change and persistence in the Age of Modernization: Saint-Germain-d’Anxure, 1730–1895

Guillaume Blanc and Romain Wacziarg ()

Explorations in Economic History, 2020, vol. 78, issue C

Abstract: Using a unique, comprehensive household-level dataset for a single French village, we study the process of modernization during a period of rapid institutional and demographic transformation. We document changes in fertility, mortality, literacy and intergenerational social mobility. The fall in fertility followed the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment, and preceded the rise in education by several decades. Rising literacy followed an increase in the supply of schooling due to the Guizot Law. All these changes occurred in the absence of industrialization in and around the village. We conclude that institutional and cultural changes originating outside the village were likely the dominant forces accounting for its modernization.

Keywords: Modernization; Growth; Demographic transition; Human capital; Institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N13 N33 N43 O43 O52 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2020.101352

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