Searching for the roots of retardation : Spain in European perspective, 1500-1850

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dc.contributor.author Álvarez Nogal, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Prados de la Escosura, Leandro
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola de Historia Económica
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-07T11:41:33Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-05T12:24:08Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-07T11:41:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-05T12:24:08Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/642
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates when did retardation begin in Spain and examines the evidence on economic performance over three centuries. In contrast to earlier estimates that focus almost exclusively on Castilian agriculture we look at trends in urbanization as a measure of economic activity outside agriculture and construct new measures of agricultural and total output at regional and national levels. We find distinctive long-run behaviour across Spanish regions that reject the identification between Castile and Spain. We also provide new output estimates for six Western European countries that allow placing Spanish performance in comparative perspective. Two main findings are highlighted. At the time of her imperial expansion Spain appears to have a relatively affluent nation and, by the late sixteenth century, her income per head was only below the Low Countries’ and Italy’s. The roots of Spanish retardation lie in the seventeenth century and deepened during the early nineteenth century.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers in Economic History
dc.relation.ispartofseries 07-06
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Preindustrial Spain
dc.subject.other Europe
dc.subject.other Urbanization
dc.subject.other Agriculture
dc.subject.other Retardation
dc.title Searching for the roots of retardation : Spain in European perspective, 1500-1850
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dc.subject.eciencia Historia
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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