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Inheritance, Demographics, and Economic Development

Project description

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.

Host institution

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Net EU contribution
€ 1 376 916,00
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 376 916,00
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles

See on map

Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00