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The Influence of Economic Factors on First Marriages in Historical Europe and Asia

Bengtsson, Tommy LU (2014) In Similarity in Difference. Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 p.121-168
Abstract
This chapter examines the role of economic factors in first marriage in seven locations in pre-industrial Europe and Asia using a two-generation theory, which also takes socioeconomic class into account. In these settings, the household provided a major welfare function for its members. Access to land was of considerable importance, but so was the prevalent family system – whether a married couple formed a new household or joined an existing one. Whether a new couple only set up a consumption unit or whether they started a production unit was of importance as well. There were however, gender dimensions to this pattern. Likewise, there were gender dimensions when it comes to the competition between siblings, more so among the well-off... (More)
This chapter examines the role of economic factors in first marriage in seven locations in pre-industrial Europe and Asia using a two-generation theory, which also takes socioeconomic class into account. In these settings, the household provided a major welfare function for its members. Access to land was of considerable importance, but so was the prevalent family system – whether a married couple formed a new household or joined an existing one. Whether a new couple only set up a consumption unit or whether they started a production unit was of importance as well. There were however, gender dimensions to this pattern. Likewise, there were gender dimensions when it comes to the competition between siblings, more so among the well-off groups. Obviously, differences in family systems, dowry, and bride price played an important role. Overall parental wealth was more important than adolescent savings in these societies. (Less)
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demography, longitudunal, individuallevel, Malthus, economic factors, Marriages
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Similarity in Difference. Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900
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Christer, Lundh and Satomi, Kurosu
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121 - 168
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MIT Press
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978-0-262-02794-6
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10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.003.0005
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English
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  abstract     = {This chapter examines the role of economic factors in first marriage in seven locations in pre-industrial Europe and Asia using a two-generation theory, which also takes socioeconomic class into account. In these settings, the household provided a major welfare function for its members. Access to land was of considerable importance, but so was the prevalent family system – whether a married couple formed a new household or joined an existing one. Whether a new couple only set up a consumption unit or whether they started a production unit was of importance as well. There were however, gender dimensions to this pattern. Likewise, there were gender dimensions when it comes to the competition between siblings, more so among the well-off groups. Obviously, differences in family systems, dowry, and bride price played an important role. Overall parental wealth was more important than adolescent savings in these societies.},
  author       = {Bengtsson, Tommy},
  editor       = {Christer, Lundh and Satomi, Kurosu},
  isbn         = {978-0-262-02794-6},
  keyword      = {demography,longitudunal,individuallevel,Malthus,economic factors,Marriages},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {121--168},
  publisher    = {MIT Press},
  series       = {Similarity in Difference. Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900},
  title        = {The Influence of Economic Factors on First Marriages in Historical Europe and Asia},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.003.0005},
  year         = {2014},
}