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Marriage and Fertility in a Catholic Society: Eighteenth-Century Quebec

  • Gillian Hamilton
  • Aloysius Siow

There are similarities and differences in marriage and fertility behavior between early North American societies and their modern counterparts. This paper investigates the quantitative importance of differential fecundity, assortative matching, and marriage market search frictions in affecting marriage and fertility behavior in a Catholic society, 18th century Quebec. The model may provide an explanation for both the historic and current experience.

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number siow-99-01.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 11 Mar 1999
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:siow-99-01
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