Famine and market in Ancien Régime France

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Title: Famine and market in Ancien Régime France
Authors: Chevet, Jean-Michel
Ó Gráda, Cormac
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/368
Date: Sep-2002
Abstract: How—and how well—do food markets function in famine conditions? The controversy surrounding this question may benefit from historical perspective. Here we study two massive famines that struck France between 1693 and 1710, killing over two million people. In both cases the impact of harvest failure was exacerbated by wartime demands on the food supply; we ask whether the crises were exacerbated yet further by a failure of markets to function as they did in normal times. The evidence, we conclude, is most consistent with the view that markets in fact helped alleviate these crises, albeit modestly.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Economic History Association
Journal: The Journal of Economic History
Volume: 62
Issue: 3
Start page: 706
End page: 733
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2002 The Economic History Association
Subject LCSH: Famines--France
Food supply--France
Other versions: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050702001055 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JEH&volumeId=62&issueId=03&iid=122542#
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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