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Population Change

Roderick Floud

in The People and the British Economy, 1830–1914

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780192892102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892102.003.0004
Population Change

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This chapter examines the course of population change in Britain from 1830–1914. It shows that economic growth reduced the need to have children just at the time that adults were living longer; they gained the benefit in health and longevity of earlier economic growth and, because they were healthier and lived longer, they could in their turn contribute to continuing that growth. The pattern of population change was, in other words, bound up in the pattern of economic change.

Keywords: health; longevity; population change; children; economic growth

Chapter.  5295 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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