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Occupational Mortality, Age at Marriage and Marital Fertility Early Twentieth Century England and Wales\ud

By S. Bowden and J.W. Mills


What factors determine fertility and to what extent do we really understand the decision processes that underpinned when to marry, when to start having children and how many children to have in the historical past? In many ways, the posing of such questions may seem surprising given the now copious literature on the subject.1 In this paper we use new datasets built from previously under-exploited primary source materials and improved econometric modelling to build on previous work and thereby improve on our understanding of the determinants of the demand for children in early twentieth century England and Wales.\u

Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Year: 2003
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