The Institutional Causes of China&Apos;S Great Famine, 1959-61

  title={The Institutional Causes of China\&Apos;S Great Famine, 1959-61},
  author={Xin Meng and Nancy Qian and Pierre Yared},
  journal={Institutions \& Transition Economics: Environmental Issues eJournal},
This paper investigates the institutional causes of China's Great Famine. It presents two empirical findings: 1) in 1959, when the famine began, food production was almost three times more than population subsistence needs; and 2) regions with higher per capita food production that year suffered higher famine mortality rates, a surprising reversal of a typically negative correlation. A simple model based on historical institutional details shows that these patterns are consistent with the… Expand
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