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China’s population expansion and its causes during the Qing period, 1644–1911

Deng, Kent (2015) China’s population expansion and its causes during the Qing period, 1644–1911. Economic History working paper series (219/2015). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The Qing Period (1644–1911) has been recognised as one of the most important eras in China’s demographic history. However, factors that determined and contributed to the rise in the Qing population have remained unclear. Most works so far have only speculated at what might have caused the population to increase so significantly during the Qing Period. This study uses substantial amounts of quantitative evidence to investigate the impact of changes in China’s resource base (farmland), farming technology (rice yield level and spread of maize-farming), social welfare (disaster relief), peasant wealth (rice prices), cost of living (silver’s purchasing power), as well as exogenous shocks (wars and natural disasters) on the Qing population.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
JEL classification: E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics
N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 16:10
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 03:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64492

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