• Eric Chaney
  • Richard Hornbeck


Economic Growth in the Malthusian Era: Evidence from the 1609 Spanish Expulsion of the Moriscos. Eric Chaney, Richard Hornbeck, September 2013, Paper. "We investigate economic dynamics in the Malthusian era using the 1609 expulsion of Moriscos from Spain. Sharp population declines in former-Morisco districts were accompanied by decreased total output and increased per capita output. While these short-run results are consistent with standard Malthusian predictions, Malthusian convergence was delayed through 1786 in former-Morisco districts. Archival sources and historical accounts are consistent with theoretical..."  Link verified March 28, 2014