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Marriage Strategy Among European Nobility

Stefania Marcassa (), Jerome Pouyet and Thomas Tregouet ()

No 2017-17, THEMA Working Papers from THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Abstract: We use a unique dataset to analyze marriage and union patterns of European nobility from the 1500s to the 1800s. Our matching model predicts homophily in title, and that more stringent constraints on the dowries lead to a higher degree of homophily. Historical evidence supports both predictions: nobles tended to marry nobles with identical title; and, German marriages, whose dowry rules were more rigid, were characterized by a higher degree of homophiliy in titles than English marriages. Moreover, homophily in titles decreased over time for Germans, and remained constant for English nobles.

Keywords: marriage; nobility; class; elite; history; assortative matching. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C78 J12 J16 N34 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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