Malthusian dynamics in a diverging Europe : Northern Italy 1650-1881

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Title: Malthusian dynamics in a diverging Europe : Northern Italy 1650-1881
Authors: Fernihough, Alan
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Date: Nov-2010
Online since: 2010-12-20T15:52:01Z
Abstract: Recent empirical research has questioned the validity of using Malthusian theory in pre-industrial England. Using real wage and vital rate data for the years 1650-1881, I provide empirical estimates for a different region - Northern Italy. The empirical methodology is theoretically underpinned by a simple Malthusian model, in which population, real wages and vital rates are determined endogenously. My findings strongly support the existence of a `Malthusian' economy where population growth depressed living standards, which in turn influenced vital rates. In addition, I find no evidence of Boserupian effects as increases in population failed to spur sustained technological growth.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP 10 37
Keywords: Economic historyDemographic economics
Subject LCSH: Malthusianism
Italy, Northern--Economic conditions
Italy, Northern--Population
Economic history
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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