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Morts pour la France: Demographic or Economic Factors?

Abstract : This article offers a comprehensive analysis of the database ‘Mémoire des hommes’, which is a record of more than 1 million French soldiers officially recognized as dead during the World War I (WWI). Integrating this source with the 1911 census, we evaluate the potential numbers of recruits by French regional department. From this, a model identifies the factors affecting the number of deaths. While demographic factors are the principal determinants, adding significant economic, political and spatial factors reduces the unexplained variance between regions and significantly improves the explanation of the disparity in the number of deaths by region.
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Jean-Pascal Guironnet, Antoine Parent. Morts pour la France: Demographic or Economic Factors?. Defence and Peace Economics, 2019, 30 (2), pp.197-212. ⟨10.1080/10242694.2018.1460715⟩. ⟨halshs-02083161⟩



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