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Was the Manorial System an Efficient Insurance Institution? Economic Stress and Demographic Response in Sweden, 1749–1859

Dribe, Martin LU ; Olsson, Mats LU and Svensson, Patrick LU (2012) In European Review of Economic History 16(3). p.292-310
Abstract
In much of preindustrial Europe the manorial estate was an important institution in the rural economy. Despite a widespread view that the estates insured its tenants against uncertainties, there is little evidence that measures taken were efficient. This study uses the impact of grain prices on demographic outcomes as a measure of the efficiency of the manorial system in protecting its inhabitants against economic stress. Looking at 400 parishes in southern Sweden (1749–1859) the manorial estate seems to have been able to insure its inhabitants against risks of economic stress, but the protective effect was highly imperfect, and only short term.
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European Review of Economic History
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292 - 310
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Cambridge University Press
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1474-0044
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10.1093/ereh/her008
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  author       = {Dribe, Martin and Olsson, Mats and Svensson, Patrick},
  issn         = {1474-0044},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {292--310},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {European Review of Economic History},
  title        = {Was the Manorial System an Efficient Insurance Institution? Economic Stress and Demographic Response in Sweden, 1749–1859},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ereh/her008},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2012},
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