Provincial grain yields in Spain, 1750-2009

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dc.contributor.author Santiago-Caballero, Carlos
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-30T13:34:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-30T13:34:19Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/14417
dc.description.abstract This paper estimates the yields for five grains in 33 provinces of Spain in the mid-18th century. The results show that yields were higher in the north of the country, and that the most fertile provinces of Spain were not far behind the most advanced agricultural regions of the world. Average wheat yields in Spain remained stagnant between 1750 and the late 19th century when they doubled, only to remain stagnant again until the modernisation of the primary sector in the 1960s. Our results show that, in the very long run, yields between provinces tended to converge, and this was the case until the 1960s when the traditional differences in provincial yields began to disappear. The use of artificial fertilisers or new wheat strains were key improvements that helped low yield provinces to break with severe natural constraints such as lack of rainfall or low-quality soils.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers in Economic History
dc.relation.ispartofseries 12-04
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Yields
dc.subject.other Agriculture
dc.subject.other Grain
dc.subject.other Convergence
dc.title Provincial grain yields in Spain, 1750-2009
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.jel N33
dc.subject.jel N34
dc.subject.jel N53
dc.subject.jel N54
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.subject.eciencia Historia
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.type.version submitedVersion
dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000000982
dc.identifier.repec wp12-04
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