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Family Types and the Persistence of Regional Disparities in Europe

  • Gilles Duranton
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
  • Richard Sandall

This paper examines the association between one of the most basic institutional forms, thefamily, and a series of demographic, educational, social, and economic indicators acrossregions in Europe. Using Emmanuel Todd's classification of medieval European familysystems, we identify potential links between family types and regional disparities inhousehold size, educational attainment, social capital, labor participation, sectoral structure,wealth, and inequality. The results indicate that medieval family structures seem to haveinfluenced European regional disparities in virtually every indicator considered. That theselinks remain, despite the influence of the modern state and population migration, suggeststhat either such structures are extremely resilient or else they have in the past beeninternalized within other social and economic institutions as they developed.

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