Grain prices and mortality : a note on La Michodières law

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Title: Grain prices and mortality : a note on La Michodières law
Authors: Ó Gráda, Cormac
Chevet, Jean-Michel
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Date: Jan-2004
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.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin; Centre for Economic Research
Copyright (published version): UCD School of Economics
Keywords: Food pricesFamineEconomic historyHistory of economic thought
Subject LCSH: Food prices
Economic history
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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