A Cliometric Model of Unified Growth: Family Organization and Economic Growth in the Long Run of History

  • Claude DieboltEmail author
  • Faustine Perrin
Part of the Studies in Economic History book series (SEH)


This chapter explores the role of gender equality on the long-run economic and demographic development path of industrialized countries. It accounts for changes in fertility, technology and income per capita in the transition from stagnation to sustained growth. Our unified cliometric growth model of female empowerment suggests that changes in gender relations, triggered by endogenous skill-biased technological progress, induce women to invest in skilled education and begin a process of human capital accumulation. At the same time, more time spent by women in education increases the opportunity cost of having children and reduces fertility. This positive feedback loop generates both a demographic and an economic transition.


Cliometrics Economic growth Gender Fertility Human capital 

JEL Classification

J1 N3 O4 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, BETA/CNRS (UMR 7522)University of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Department of Economic HistoryLund UniversityLundSweden

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