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The potato's contribution to population and urbanization : evidence from an historical experiment

Author: Nathan Nunn; Nancy Qian; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2009.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 15157.
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We exploit regional variation in suitability for cultivating potatoes, together with time variation arising from their introduction to the Old World from the Americas, to estimate the impact of potatoes on Old World population and urbanization. Our results show that the introduction of the potato was responsible for a significant portion of the increase in population and urbanization observed during the 18th and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Nunn; Nancy Qian; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 423702401
Notes: "July 2009."
Description: 1 online resource (44 pages) : illustrations, digital.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 15157.
Responsibility: Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian.

Abstract:

We exploit regional variation in suitability for cultivating potatoes, together with time variation arising from their introduction to the Old World from the Americas, to estimate the impact of potatoes on Old World population and urbanization. Our results show that the introduction of the potato was responsible for a significant portion of the increase in population and urbanization observed during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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