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Mortality and Early Growth in England, France and Sweden

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  • Nils-Petter Lagerl–f

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We set up a stochastic open-economy growth model with endogenous fertility and mortality. A three-country version of the model is calibrated to pre-industrial mortality data from England, France and Sweden. By fitting parameters to match observed rates of correlation in mortality rates, the model can also account for differences in both the volatility of mortality rates and the timing of the Industrial Revolution. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2003 .

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Volume (Year): 105 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 419-440

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  1. Strulik, Holger, 2008. "Geography, health, and the pace of demo-economic development," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 61-75, April.
  2. Joshua Wilde, 2013. "How Substitutable are Fixed Factors in Production? Evidence from Pre-industrial England," Working Papers 0113, University of South Florida, Department of Economics.
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