Climate change and the macroeconomic structure in pre-industrial Europe: New evidence from wavelet analysis

Qing PEI, David D. ZHANG, Guodong LI, Harry F. LEE

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Abstract

The relationship between climate change and the macroeconomy in pre-industrial Europe has attracted considerable attention in recent years. This study follows the combined paradigms of evolutionary economics and ecological economics, in which wavelet analysis (spectrum analysis and coherence analysis) is applied as the first attempt to examine the relationship between climate change and the macroeconomic structure in pre-industrial Europe in the frequency domain. Aside from confirming previous results, this study aims to further substantiate the association between climate change and macroeconomy by presenting new evidence obtained from the wavelet analysis. Our spectrum analysis shows a consistent and continuous frequency band of 60–80 years in the temperature, grain yield ratio, grain price, consumer price index, and real wage throughout the study period. Besides, coherence analysis shows that the macroeconomic structure is shaped more by climate change than population change. In addition, temperature is proven as a key climatic factor that influences the macroeconomic structure. The analysis reveals a unique frequency band of about 20 years (15–35 years) in the temperature in AD1600-1700, which could have contributed to the widespread economic crisis in pre-industrial Europe. Our findings may have indications in re-examining the Malthusian theory. Copyright © 2015 Pei et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0126480
JournalPLoS One
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Citation

Pei, Q., Zhang, D. D., Li, G., & Lee, H. F. (2015). Climate change and the macroeconomic structure in Pre-industrial Europe: New evidence from wavelet analysis. PLoS One, 10(6), e0126480. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126480.

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