Why Ireland Starved after Three Decades: The Great Famine in Cross-Section Reconsidered

17 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2015

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Morgan Kelly

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Economics

Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: April 20, 2015

Abstract

This short paper revisits two questions that were central to Joel Mokyr’s Why Ireland Starved (2nd edition, 1985). These are, first, what determined the variation in population change across Ireland during the Great Famine decade of 1841-1851 and, second, whether and in what sense can pre-famine Ireland be characterized as ‘malthusian’.

Keywords: Famine, Malthus, population, Ireland

JEL Classification: N3, B3

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Morgan and O'Grada, Cormac, Why Ireland Starved after Three Decades: The Great Famine in Cross-Section Reconsidered (April 20, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2596517

Morgan Kelly

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Cormac O'Grada (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

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