Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184832
Authors: 
Alfani, Guido
Ó Gráda, Cormac
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series 18/03
Abstract: 
Understanding mortality crises is an important part of understanding some fundamental aspects of preindustrial economies. Understanding the processes leading to their decline and the associated improvements in living standards and life expectancy is a precondition for knowing what is needed to prevent the reemergence of widespread famine and lethal infectious disease. This short paper introduces a field in which policy makers and economists need to carefully consider the past, before making assumptions about the future.
Subjects: 
famine
disease
epidemics
economic history
JEL: 
N10
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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