On Plague in a Time of Ebola

44 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2016

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Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: March 29, 2016


Ebola and plague share several characteristics, even though the second and third plague epidemics dwarfed the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in terms of mortality. This essay reviews the mortality due to the two diseases and their lethality; the spatial and socioeconomic dimensions of plague mortality; the role of public action in containing the two diseases; and their economic impact.

Keywords: plague, mortality, health, economic history

JEL Classification: I1

Suggested Citation

O'Grada, Cormac, On Plague in a Time of Ebola (March 29, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2755946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2755946

Cormac O'Grada (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

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