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Does the European Marriage Pattern Explain Economic Growth?
This article scrutinizes the recently postulated link between the European Marriage Pattern (EMP) and economic success. Multivariate analysis of 4,705 demographic observations, covering women'sExpand
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The Institutional Framework of Russian Serfdom
Russian rural history has long been based on a 'Peasant Myth', originating with nineteenth-century Romantics and still accepted by many historians today. In this book, Tracy Dennison shows howExpand
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The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World
  • Tracy Dennison
  • Economics, Political Science
  • The Journal of Economic History
  • 1 March 2013
For Douglas Allen, the past can be divided roughly into two eras: the old times, characterized by peculiar and exotic institutions, such as dueling, venality, and patronage, and the modern era,Expand
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Did serfdom matter? Russian rural society, 1750–1860*
Historians have long assumed that the effects of serfdom on rural economies were uniformly negative. More recently, however, a revisionist view has emerged, which portrays serfdom as having hadExpand
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Household formation, institutions, and economic development: Evidence from imperial Russia
Household formation patterns have been adduced in recent years by historians and other social scientists to account for the economic development of western Europe. The so-called European MarriageExpand
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Living Standards in Nineteenth-Century Russia
Most of the studies of living standards in pre-revolutionary Russia by economic historians have focused on a narrow range of measures for predominantly urban areas. A micro-level analysis thatExpand
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Serfdom and household structure in Central Russia: Voshchazhnikovo, 1816–1858
In this article, data for the serf estate of Voshchazhnikovo, in Yaroslavl' province, is used to test existing theories about peasant household size and structure in imperial Russia. EmpiricalExpand
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Serfdom and Social Capital in Bohemia and Russia
The 'horizontal' social capital generated by networks and communities is widely regarded as inherently antagonistic to 'vertical' hierarchies such as serfdom. This article examines this view usingExpand
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Institutions, Demography, and Economic Growth
This article evaluates criticisms by Sarah G. Carmichael, Alexandra de Pleijt, Jan Luiten van Zanden, and Tine De Moor of our view of the European Marriage Pattern (EMP), and explains why theirExpand
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Contract Enforcement in Russian Serf Society, 1750–1860
This article examines questions about contract enforcement in the absence of formal legal institutions, using archival evidence for one particular rural society in pre-emancipation Russia. TheExpand
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