Determinants of marriage patterns among farmers and agricultural laborers in two eighteenth-century dutch villages

Jona Schellekens*

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Abstract

Eighteenth-century population listings and church records are used to examine the determinants of marriage patterns in an agricultural population. Using macro-level data it is shown that the availability of mates has relatively little effect on marriage patterns. Using micro-level data it is shown that determinants affect marriage patterns differentially across occupational groups. Special attention is given to explaining marital behavior among agricultural laborers. A determinant of their marriage patterns is suggested which has received little attention so far: the attractiveness of marriage relative to service in husbandry.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)139-155
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family History
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1991

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