Grain Prices and Mortality in Vienna, 1648-1754

Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich Working Paper No. 461

27 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2009

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Julia Casutt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ulrich Woitek

University of Zurich

Date Written: November 17, 2009

Abstract

Class specific mortality in 17th and 18th Century Vienna shows a cyclical pattern which is related to grain price cycles in the 5-10 years range. This relationship is not stable over time. Applying spectral analysis based on time-varying VARs, it can be shown that at the beginning of the observation period, comovement of grain prices and mortality is considerably high in areas populated by lower classes of society. This comovement cannot be found in richer areas of the city and vanishes over time for the entire population of the city.

Keywords: Grain Prices, Mortality, Vienna, Spectral Analysis

JEL Classification: N33, N53, N93, C32

Suggested Citation

Casutt, Julia and Woitek, Ulrich, Grain Prices and Mortality in Vienna, 1648-1754 (November 17, 2009). Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich Working Paper No. 461. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1524752 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1524752

Julia Casutt (Contact Author)

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Ulrich Woitek

University of Zurich ( email )

Zürichbergstrasse 14
CH-8032 Zurich
Switzerland

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