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Hunger and migration in a rural-traditional area in the nineteenth century

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The factors that influenced migration decisions in a nineteenth century rural-traditional area of the Netherlands are assessed. This is done in a micro-setting. Applying a new data set with individual characteristics of both migrants and non-migrants a logit-model is estimated. The analysis supports the revisionist and relatively positive picture of the standard of living in pre-modern rural-traditional areas. Instead of hunger driving the masses away from these areas, it seems to have tied rationally acting people to a socio-economic system that contained buffer mechanisms to cope with short run stresses.

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Received: 28 April 1998/Received: 26 April 1999

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Groote, P., Tassenaar, V. Hunger and migration in a rural-traditional area in the nineteenth century. J Popul Econ 13, 465–483 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001480050147

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  • JEL classification: J61
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  • R23
  • Key words: Migration
  • nineteenth century
  • The Netherlands