Emigration and living standards in Ireland since the Famine

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Ireland experienced dramatic levels of emigration in the century following the Famine of 1845-1849. 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 unleashing the subsequent emigration; and that emigration was crucial for the impressive increase in Irish living standards which took place during the next 100 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-421
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Economics and Econometrics


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