The Economic History Review

Rejoinder to Szreter

Volume 70 Issue 3
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Pages: 1004-1009Authors: Geoffrey Barnes, Timothy W. Guinnane
Published online: September 27, 2016DOI: 10.1111/ehr.12341

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Simon Szreter’s recent article replies to an earlier article we published in this journal, showing that central statistical results in his book Fertility, class and gender are seriously flawed. Szreter’s reply asserts that a revised classification scheme and the use of weights provide results that support his original arguments. In this rejoinder we demonstrate that the revised scheme makes little difference. Our article did in fact use weights, and the use of weights with the revised scheme makes little difference. We argue that the weights used by Szreter are inappropriate in any case.