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Understanding Demographic Transitions

An Overview of French Historical Statistics


  • Studies the transformation of the French demographic landscape using gendered county-level data

  • Examines the changing patterns of demographic behavior over time and across space

  • Offers a synthetic description of long-run demographic phenomena


Part of the Population Economics book series (POPULATION)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Claude Diebolt, Faustine Perrin
    Pages 1-40
  3. Claude Diebolt, Faustine Perrin
    Pages 41-94
  4. Claude Diebolt, Faustine Perrin
    Pages 95-140
  5. Claude Diebolt, Faustine Perrin
    Pages 141-173
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-176

About this book


This book studies the process of demographic transition which has played a key role in the economic development of Western countries. The special focus is on France, which constitutes the first clear case of fertility decline in Europe. The book analyzes the reasons behind this phenomenon by examining the evolution of demographic variables in France over the past two hundred years. To better understand the reasons of the changing patterns of demographic behavior, the authors investigate the development of the female labor force, study educational investments, and explore the evolution of gender roles and relations.


Population economics Economic history Demography Gender studies Human capital Fertility Demographic transformation Labour source Cliometrics France

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BETA/CNRS, Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Department of Economic History, School of Economics and ManagementLund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information


“It is the combination of the broad scope of the research being offered and the use of traditional ‘population’ sources to gather socio-economic data as well as of additional historical statistics that makes this volume such an original contribution.” (John F. May, Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 46, 2019)