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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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  • Nils-Petter Lagerl–f, 2003. "Mortality and Early Growth in England, France and Sweden," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 105(3), pages 419-440, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:105:y:2003:i:3:p:419-440
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    1. Wilde, Joshua, 2012. "How substitutable are fixed factors in production? evidence from pre-industrial England," MPRA Paper 39278, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Strulik, Holger, 2008. "Geography, health, and the pace of demo-economic development," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 61-75, April.
    3. Holger Strulik, 2005. "Geography, Health, and Demo-Economic Development," Discussion Papers 05-15, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.

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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • N33 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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