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Data and Code for: Loss in the Time of Cholera: Long-run Impact of a Disease Epidemic on the Urban Landscape

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, census/enumeration data, geographic information system (GIS) data, images: photographs, drawings, graphical representations
  • Ambrus, Attila (Duke University)
  • Field, Erica (Duke University)
  • Gonzalez, Robert (University of South Carolina)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
urban development; urban poverty; health shocks
  • Abstract

    How do geographically concentrated income shocks influence the long-run spatial distribution of poverty within a city? We examine the impact on housing prices of a cholera epidemic in one neighborhood of 19th century London. Ten years after the epidemic, housing prices are significantly lower just inside the catchment area of the water pump that transmitted the disease. Moreover, differences in housing prices persist over the following 160 years. We make sense of these patterns by building a model of a rental market with frictions in which poor tenants exert a negative externality on their neighbors, which showcases how a locally concentrated income shock can persistently change the tenant composition of a block.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1853-01-01 / 2015-12-31
    Time Period: Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1853--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2015
Geographic Coverage
  • London, UK
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20190759 (Text)
  • Ambrus, Attila, Erica Field, and Robert Gonzalez. “Loss in the Time of Cholera: Long-Run Impact of a Disease Epidemic on the Urban Landscape.” American Economic Review 110, no. 2 (February 2020): 475–525.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20190759 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-01-31 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-01-31

Ambrus, Attila; Field, Erica; Gonzalez, Robert (2020): Data and Code for: Loss in the Time of Cholera: Long-run Impact of a Disease Epidemic on the Urban Landscape. Version: 2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.