Living Standards and Mortality Since the Middle Ages

@article{Kelly2010LivingSA,
  title={Living Standards and Mortality Since the Middle Ages},
  author={Morgan Kelly and C. {\'O}'Gr{\'a}da},
  journal={European Economics: Political Economy \& Public Economics eJournal},
  year={2010}
}
Existing studies find little connection between living standards and mortality in England, but go back only to the sixteenth century. Using new data on inheritances, we extend estimates of mortality back to the mid-thirteenth century and find, by contrast, that deaths from unfree tenants to the nobility were strongly affected by harvests. Looking at a large sample of parishes after 1540, we find that the positive check had weakened considerably by 1650 even though real wages were falling, but… Expand

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