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Enclosures and Fertility in Southern Sweden. Were peasants consciously regulating their decisions regarding family size?


  • Raúl Burgos

Summary, in English

This study analyzes the total fertility rate for twenty parishes in southern Sweden from 1785-1840 and its relationship with the enclosure movement. The analysis shows that the total fertility rate increases after enclosures took place. The explanation of these results is that peasants forsaw a profitable economic future because of the change in property rights and the change in the way agriculture was carried out

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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (one year)


  • History and Archaeology


  • Scania
  • Enclosures
  • Institutional Economics
  • Social and economic history
  • Ekonomisk och social historia


  • Tommy Bengtsson