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Pious Bequests in Wills: A Statistical Analysis

Hoffman, Philip T. (1981) Pious Bequests in Wills: A Statistical Analysis. Social Science Working Paper, 393. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, California.

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This paper employs maximum likelihood methods to analyze the increase in pious bequests in early modern French wills. Other historians have described the rise of pious bequests in wills, but no one has used multivariate statistical methods to explain the phenomenon. It turns out that at any level of wealth pious bequests rose over the course of the seventeenth century and that the bequests were most pronounced among the literate and women. The paper argues that the increase in pious bequests was mark of growing support for the Counter Reformation, which attracted an inordinate number of supporters in educated circles and in the female population.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:June 1981.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:393
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20160321-095011052
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ID Code:65518
Deposited By: Susan Vite
Deposited On:28 Mar 2016 20:52
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