Famine and Disease

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The infrequency of severe mortality crises and the low prevalence of famine and disease are characteristics of modern industrial and post-industrial societies. Understanding the processes leading to their decline, and the associated improvements in living standards and life expectancy, is a precondition for knowing what is needed to prevent their re-emergence. This chapter provides a historical perspective on famine and disease to help overcome the lack of knowledge on these rare events.

JEL Classification

I14 I15 I18 N30 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bocconi UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.University College DublinDublinIreland

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