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Emigration and Living Standards in Ireland since the Famine

Kevin O'Rourke ()

Journal of Population Economics, 1995, vol. 8, issue 4, 407-21

Abstract: 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.

Date: 1995
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