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Family Types and the Persistence of Regional Disparities in Europe

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  • Gilles Duranton

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

    (London School of Economics, College of Europe)

  • Richard Sandall

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This paper examines the association between one of the most basic institutional forms, the family, and a series of demographic, educational, social, and economic indicators across regions in Europe. Using Emmanuel Todd’s classification of medieval European family systems, we identify potential links between family types and regional disparities in household size, educational attainment, social capital, labour participation, sectoral structure, wealth, and inequality. The results indicate that medieval family structures seem to have influenced European regional disparities in virtually every indicator considered. That these links remain, despite the influence of the modern state and population migration, suggests that either such structures are extremely resilient or else they have in the past been internalised within other social and economic institutions as they developed.

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Paper provided by European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe in its series Bruges European Economic Research Papers with number 10.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Keywords: institutions; family types; education; social capital; labour force participation; economic wealth and dynamism; regions; Europe.;

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