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On the Relationship Between Fertility and Wealth: Evidence from Widow Suicides (Satis) in Early Colonial India

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  • Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay and Elliott Green

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Evidence on the pre-modern relationship between wealth and fertility has so far almost entirely relied upon data from Europe. We use British colonial records from early 19th-century India on widow suicides (satis) to show that there is a robust positive relationship between income and fertility.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research in its series Working Papers with number 41.

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