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Epidemic trade

Boerner, Lars and Severgnini, Battista (2014) Epidemic trade. The Economic History working papers (212/2014). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper uses the spread of disease as a proxy to measure economic interactions. Based on a case study of the Black Death (1346-51) in the Mediterranean region and Europe, we find geographic, institutional, and cultural determinants of trade. To achieve this we create and empirically test a trade model between cities. Our findings allow us to create a new methodology to measure economic interaction and shed light on open questions in economics, especially pertaining to trade, economic history, and growth

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N13 - Europe: Pre-1913
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 16:53
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 00:22
Funders: Danish Social Science Research Council-Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

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