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To navigate the family economy over a lifetime: life-cycle squeezes in pre-industrial Swedish towns
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2013 (English)In: European Review of Economic History, ISSN 1361-4916, E-ISSN 1474-0044, Vol. 17, no 2, 171-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies have shown that childrens incomes were important for working-class families during industrialization. We found that, even before industrialization, having children greatly affected the family economy of workers and master artisans. For workers, having children necessitated borrowing, but also made it easier later to pay off debts and accumulate wealth. They seem to have put into practice some sort of saving through children. For master artisans, running a business generally was a more important determinant of debts and assets over a lifetime, but, as adolescents, children positively affected wealth, probably because they provided cheap and flexible labour in the households and workshops.

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Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. Vol. 17, no 2, 171-189 p.
Keyword [en]
life-cycle, children, old-age, life-cycle squeezes, workers, master artisans, assets, wealth
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Social Sciences
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201800DOI: 10.1093/ereh/het002ISI: 000318546500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201800DiVA: diva2:629539
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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