Origins and Implications of Family Structure Across Italian Provinces in Historical Perspective

  • Graziella BertocchiEmail author
  • Monica BozzanoEmail author
Part of the Studies in Economic History book series (SEH)


In this chapter we review the literature on the origins and implications of family structure in historical perspective with a focus on Italian provinces. Furthermore, we present newly collected data on three of the main features of family structure: the female mean age at marriage, the female celibacy rate, and the fraction of illegitimate births. Data are collected at the provincial level for 1871. The analysis of the data allows us to confirm and quantify the geographic differentiation in family patterns across the country. We also illustrate the links between family structure and a set of socioeconomic outcomes, in the short, medium, and long run.


Family structure Italian provinces Institutions Culture Development 

JEL Codes

J12 N33 O1 Z1 



We would like to thank three reviewers for their comments and suggestions. Generous financial support from Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Modena and the Italian University Ministry is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Economia Marco BiagiUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia/CEPR, CHILD, Dondena and IZAModenaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di GiurisprudenzaUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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