The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Demography of the Ancient World

  • Walter Scheidel
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This survey of demographic conditions in ancient Greek and Roman history discusses life expectancy and causes of death, reproduction and fertility control, marriage practices and household structure, population size and its change over time, and the relationship between demographic and economic development.


Ancient world Birth rates Death rates Demographics Family Greece Life expectancy Marriage Population Rome 

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  • Walter Scheidel
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