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

Xin Meng, Nancy Qian and Pierre Yared.

in The Review of Economic Studies

October 2015; p ublished online April 2015 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies; Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity; Economic History. 23049 words.

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...