The Waning of the Little Ice Age

37 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2012

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Morgan Kelly

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Economics

Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: April 10, 2012

Abstract

The ramifications of the Little Ice Age, a period of cooling temperatures straddling several centuries in northwestern Europe, reach far beyond meteorology into economic, political, and cultural history. The LIA has spawned a series of resonant images that range from frost fairs to contracting glaciers, and from disappearing vineyards to disappearing Viking colonies. This paper takes issue with these images, and argues that the phenomena they describe can be explained without resort to climate change.

Keywords: global warming, Little Ice Age

JEL Classification: N50, Q54

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Morgan and O'Grada, Cormac, The Waning of the Little Ice Age (April 10, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2037773 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2037773

Morgan Kelly

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Cormac O'Grada (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

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