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A Cliometric Model of Unified Growth: Family Organization and Economic Growth in the Long Run of History

In: Cliometrics of the Family

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  • Claude Diebolt

    (University of Strasbourg)

  • Faustine Perrin

    (Lund University)

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This chapter explores the role of gender equality on the long-run economic and demographic development path of industrialized countries. It accounts for changes in fertility, technology and income per capita in the transition from stagnation to sustained growth. Our unified cliometric growth model of female empowerment suggests that changes in gender relations, triggered by endogenous skill-biased technological progress, induce women to invest in skilled education and begin a process of human capital accumulation. At the same time, more time spent by women in education increases the opportunity cost of having children and reduces fertility. This positive feedback loop generates both a demographic and an economic transition.

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  • Claude Diebolt & Faustine Perrin, 2019. "A Cliometric Model of Unified Growth: Family Organization and Economic Growth in the Long Run of History," Studies in Economic History, in: Claude Diebolt & Auke Rijpma & Sarah Carmichael & Selin Dilli & Charlotte Störmer (ed.), Cliometrics of the Family, chapter 0, pages 7-31, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stechp:978-3-319-99480-2_2
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99480-2_2
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    Keywords

    Cliometrics; Economic growth; Gender; Fertility; Human capital;
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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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