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Large-scale mortality shocks and the Great Irish Famine 1845-1852

  • Declan Curran
  • Maria Fröling
Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1302-1314
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Economic Modelling
Volym: 27
Nummer: 5
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier


This paper considers the consequences of a large scale mortality shock arising from a famine or epidemic for long run economic and demographic development. The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 is taken as a case-study and is incorporated as an exogenous mortality shock into the type of long-run unified growth theory pioneered by Galor and Weil (1999, 2000), and modelled by Lagerlof (2003a,b) among others. Through calibration, the impact of such a mortality shock occurring on the cusp of a country's transition from a Malthusian to a Modern Growth regime is then depicted. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Applied Mechanics
  • Unified growth theory
  • Long-run growth
  • Ireland
  • Mortality


  • ISSN: 0264-9993

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