Working Paper


Cormac Ó Gráda
Joel Mokyr



great famine age flow size ireland population history irish population ireland emigration and immigration history poverty ireland history

Emigration and poverty in prefamine Ireland (1982)

Abstract Emigration was a crucial element in Irish population change during the half century before the Great Famine. The size and composition of the outward flow worried some, and caused considerable debate. Majority opinion held that emigration was likely to benefit economically both those who left and those who stayed behind. This paper uses an untapped source - ship passenger lists - to determine some relevant emigrant characteristics, and uses it to check for likely losses to the stay-at-homes from the 'quality' and age structure of the flow.
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Cormac Ó Gráda, Joel Mokyr

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Cormac Ó Gráda
University College Dublin
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University College Dublin
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