Spanish agriculture in the little divergence

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Show simple item record Álvarez Nogal, Carlos Prados de la Escosura, Leandro Santiago Caballero, Carlos 2022-06-17T13:59:57Z 2022-06-17T13:59:57Z 2016-11-01
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Álvarez-Nogal, C., Prados De La Escosura, L., & Santiago-Caballero, C. (2016). Spanish agriculture in the little divergence.European Review of Economic History, 20 (4), pp. 452-477.
dc.identifier.issn 1361-4916
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the role of agriculture in Spain's contribution to the little divergence in Europe. On the basis of tithes, long-run trends in agricultural output are drawn. After a long period of relative stability, output suffered a severe contraction during 1570–1620, followed by stagnation to 1650, and steady expansion thereafter. Output per head shifted from a relatively high to a low path that persisted until the nineteenth century. The decline in agricultural output per head and per worker from a relatively high level contributed to Spain falling behind and, hence, to the Little Divergence in Europe. Output per worker moved along labour force in agriculture over the long run, supporting the depiction of Spain as a frontier economy. Institutional factors, in a context of financial and monetary instability and war, along climatic anomalies, provide explanatory hypotheses that deserve further research.
dc.description.sponsorship Our research has been supported by Spain’s Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad Grant ECO2012-38028.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Oxford University Press
dc.rights © The Authors
dc.subject.other Southern Spain
dc.subject.other Productivity
dc.subject.other Variability
dc.subject.other Andalusia
dc.subject.other Decline
dc.subject.other Climate
dc.title Spanish agriculture in the little divergence
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Política
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2012-38028
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 452
dc.identifier.publicationissue 4
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 477
dc.identifier.publicationtitle European Review of Economic History
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 20
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000019216
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (España)
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