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Emigration and Living Standards in Ireland since the Famine

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Ireland experienced dramatic levels of emigration in the century following the Famine of 1845-49. The paper surveys the recent cliometric literature on post-Famine emigration and its effects on Irish living standards. The conclusions are that the Famine played a significant role in unleasing the subsequent emigration; and that emigration was crucial for the impressive increase in Irish living standards which took place during the next 100 years.

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  • O'Rourke, Kevin, 1995. "Emigration and Living Standards in Ireland since the Famine," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 8(4), pages 407-421, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:8:y:1995:i:4:p:407-21
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    4. Deschacht, Nick & Winter, Anne, 2015. "Rural crisis and rural exodus? Local migration dynamics during the crisis of the 1840s in Flanders (Belgium)," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 32-52.
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    6. Michael A. Clemens, 2011. "Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 25(3), pages 83-106, Summer.

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