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Morts pour la France: do demographic factors alone explain the regional disparities of the great war?

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  • Henri Gilles

    (Chercheur indépendant)

  • Jean-Pascal Guironnet

    () (Economie industrielle et économie comportementale - CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - UNIV-RENNES - Université de Rennes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Antoine Parent

    () (LET - Laboratoire d'économie des transports - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - ENTPE - École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, IEP Lyon - Sciences Po Lyon - Institut d'études politiques de Lyon - Université de Lyon)

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This article delivers the first comprehensive analysis of the new database, 'Mémoire des hommes', which gathers more than 1 Million French soldiers officially recognized as dead for France during WW1. Crossing this source with the 1911 census, we evaluate the potential numbers of recruits by French regional department. From this, a model identifies the factors affecting the number of dead. While demographic factors are the principal determinants, adding economic, political and locally significant factors reduces the unexplained variance between regions and significantly improves the explanation of the disparity in the number of dead by region.

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  • Henri Gilles & Jean-Pascal Guironnet & Antoine Parent, 2013. "Morts pour la France: do demographic factors alone explain the regional disparities of the great war?," Working Papers halshs-00860571, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:halshs-00860571
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    War; Demography; Count Models; Cliometrics;

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