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