Lars Boerner and
Battista Severgnini ()
Economic History Working Papers from London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History
This paper uses the spread of disease as a proxy to measure economic interactions. Based on a case study of the Black Death (1346-51) in the Mediterranean region and Europe, we find geographic, institutional, and cultural determinants of trade. To achieve this we create and empirically test a trade model between cities. Our findings allow us to create a new methodology to measure economic interaction and shed light on open questions in economics, especially pertaining to trade, economic history, and growth
Keywords: trade; Black Death; gravity model; Poisson pseudo maximum likelihood; spatial regression discontinuity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 N13 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50 pages
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