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Did Civilian Granaries Affect Social Stability? Empirical Evidence from the Qing Dynasty (1817¨C1856)

Fang Wang (), Degang Miao () and Xiaobo He ()
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Fang Wang: School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
Degang Miao: School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China

Frontiers of Economics in China, 2015, vol. 10, issue 3, 483-508

Abstract: Based on historical panel data of social instability, civilian granary and climate shocks in the 17 Provinces of the Qing from 1817 to 1856, this paper examines the correlation between social instability and civilian granary holdings. It shows that the civilian granary system reduced social instability in the Qing Dynasty, while climate shocks raised social instability. Moreover, this paper shows that civilian granaries mitigated the effects of climate shocks on social instability.

Keywords: climate shocks; civilian granaries; social instability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N55 Q54 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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