Famine, Demography and Endemic Poverty

  • Siddiq Osmani
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Studies on the connections between famine and poverty have usually been concerned with the causality running from long-term processes of poverty to periodic famines. But the reverse causation — from famine to endemic poverty, or more generally from ‘conjunctural’ to ‘structural’ poverty, in the words of Iliffe (1987) — has remained relatively unexplored. I shall attempt in this chapter to clarify some of the issues involved in understanding this reverse causation and to identify some of the possible channels of causation, citing along the way whatever empirical evidence there is.


Fertility Decline Marital Fertility Mortality Decline Moral Economy Desire Family Size 
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