The Institutional Causes of China's Great Famine, 1959–1961

  title={The Institutional Causes of China's Great Famine, 1959–1961},
  author={Xin Meng and Nancy Qian and Pierre Yared},
  journal={The Review of Economic Studies},
This article studies the causes of China's Great Famine, during which 16.5 to 45 million individuals perished in rural areas. We document that average rural food retention during the famine was too high to generate a severe famine without rural inequality in food availability; that there was significant variance in famine mortality rates across rural regions; and that rural mortality rates were positively correlated with per capita food production, a surprising pattern that is unique to the… 

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