A closer look at how inheritance and demographics jointly affect economic development
Was the French Revolution responsible for the first ever demographic transition? What were the relevant channels (partible inheritance and inclusion of women)? How did the abolition of the eldest son's exclusive right of inheritance affect the elites' demographic transition? How did the European marriage pattern (late marriages and high lifelong celibacy) vary across inheritance systems? How does land scarcity affect the relationship between inheritance practices, family structures and demographics? The EU-funded IDED project will answer these questions and more to uncover the effects of inheritance on economic outcomes. Specifically, it will create new databases for European countries between the 17th and 19th centuries and sub-Saharan African countries during the past century. The findings will shed light on wealth distribution and the implications of inheritances schemes for economic development.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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