Epidemic Networks

Lars Boerner, Battista Severgnini

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This paper examines the spatial and temporal determinants of epidemic contagions among urban centers. Based on the observations of the time of the outbreak of the Black Death (1346-51) and the characteristics of social-trade networks in Mediterranean and European cities, we first document that the contagion happened along trade routes. Second, we find that the time of the spread of the disease can be explained by geographical and institutional variables typically considered in gravity models. Furthermore, an analysis based on network theory shows the relevance of diffusion centrality of urban centers during the spread of the contagion.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventASSA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting - , WWW
Duration: 3 Jan 20215 Jan 2021


ConferenceASSA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
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