Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72444
Authors: 
Chevet, Jean-Michel
Ó Gráda, Cormac
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 04/01
Abstract: 
Research linking food prices and excess mortality has a long history in applied economics and economic history. It goes back to 1766, when Jean-Baptiste de la Michodière was the first to use empirical data to argue for a positive association between wheat prices and mortality. Here La Michodière's time series are subjected to closer statistical scrutiny: the correlation survives, though it is less strong than some later scholars asserted. We also test for the price-mortality link using cross-section data for the 1690s and 1700s.
Subjects: 
food prices
famine
economic history
history of economic thought
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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