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Famine and Finance : Credit and the Great Famine of Ireland (Hardcover) (Tyler Beck Goodspeed)
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This book utilizes archival data to examine how access to microfinance credit played an important role in facilitating adjustment to blight during the Great Famine of Ireland. Chapters in the book discuss how Irish farmers adjusted to the major environmental shock, the role of credit institutions and their responses to the potato blight, and the effects of the Great Famine on Irish microfinance institutions themselves. The author argues that the worst affected districts with a microfinance fund experienced substantially smaller population declines and larger increases in buffer livestock during the famine than those districts without a fund. The potentially limited capacity of credit access to mitigate the effects of a major environmental shock on the poorest, most vulnerable borrowers is also a key topic of discussion.
Famine and Finance draws on a wealth of archival data to construct an index of blight severity at local level and establish the adjustments made in different districts in response to the Great Famine of Ireland.
Genre: Business + Money Management
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Tyler Beck Goodspeed
Street Date: December 5, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-3468