Stockholm Papers in Economic History
Department of Economic History, Stockholm University
Reconstructing Swedish population 1630-1750
Abstract: The world population growth accelerated in the eighteenth
century, which caused real wages to decline in most countries. Recent data
for Sweden implies that population growth was stronger in the seventeenth
century than in the eighteenth century, while Swedish real waged increased
during the seventeenth century and decreased in the eighteenth century.
This study attempts to resolve the anomaly, and argues that recent
estimates of Swedish population and mortality rates are too low for the
seventeenth century. It presents revised annual demographic data for Sweden
1630-1750, pointing towards that there was small acceleration in early
modern growth. However, the acceleration was not as pronounced as in the
rest of the world.
Keywords: economic history; early modern; demography; population; mortality; fertility; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E30; J11; N13; N53; Q11; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, April 20, 2013
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