Elena Esposito

development and international economics seminar

Elena Esposito

HEC Lausanne
The side effects of immunity: Malaria and African slavery in the United States

Château Lafarge

Château Lafarge - Salle de séminaires
Château Lafarge
Route des Milles
13290 Les Milles
Friday, May 3 2019| 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]univ-amu.fr
Alice Fabre: alice.fabre[at]univ-amu.fr


This paper documents the role of malaria in the di ffusion of African slavery in the United States. The novel empirical evidence reveals that the introduction of malaria triggered a demand for malaria-resistant labor, which led to a massive expansion of African enslaved workers in the more malaria-infested areas. Further results document that, among African slaves, more malaria-resistant individuals, i.e. those born in the most malaria-ridden regions of Africa, commanded signi significantly higher prices.

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