Does the European Marriage Pattern Explain Economic Growth?

@article{Dennison2014DoesTE,
  title={Does the European Marriage Pattern Explain Economic Growth?},
  author={Tracy Dennison and Sheilagh C. Ogilvie},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2014},
  volume={74},
  pages={651 - 693}
}
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's marriage age, female lifetime celibacy, and household complexity in 39 European countries, shows that the most extreme manifestations of the EMP were associated with economic stagnation rather than growth. There is no evidence that the EMP improved economic performance by empowering women, increasing… Expand
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