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Institutional Causes Of China’s Great Famine

A recommendation for this note in particular, but also for this new website in general, which promises summaries and discussions of recent economic research. This account of a 2011 academic paper confirms that there was a general food surplus in China in the famine years of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The problems were entirely in food distribution, where Maoism fostered chaos, perverse incentives, lying, waste, and hoarding (1,015 words)

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