Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

The Project of the Baron de Hirsch. Success or Failure? / El proyecto del Barón de Hirsch. ¿Exito o fracaso?

Contents:

Author Info

  • Edgardo Zablotsky

Abstract

ENGLISH VERSION: In 1891, Baron Maurice de Hirsch founded the Jewish Colonization Association (J.C.A.), through which he would manage a gigantic social welfare project concerning the immigration of thousands of people from the Russian Empire towards Argentina, and their settlement in agricultural colonies. In this paper, we evaluate the result of this project, which is generally qualified as a failure by historians on the subject. We hold an alternative hypothesis, wholly opposed to this conclusion: if the social evaluation of the project were carried out, taking into account the externality it generated, the conclusion would be that the project was highly successful; even though its private evaluation ,which implicitly is the usually made evaluation, would lead to the conclusion that it was a total failure. This externality is reflected in the number of immigrants arriving in the country independently of the J.C.A., but who would have never come here were it not be for Baron de Hirsch's project, since it placed Argentina on the map of East European Jewry, in a world in which the dissemination of information was slow and deficient. SPANISH VERSION: En 1891 el Barón Maurice de Hirsch fundó la Jewish Colonization Association (J.C.A.), a través de la cual habría de conducir un gigantesco proyecto de bienestar social consistente en la inmigración de miles de personas desde el Imperio Ruso hacia nuestro país y su establecimiento en colonias agrícolas. En este paper evaluamos el resultado de dicho proyecto, el cual es generalmente calificado como un fracaso por los historiadores del tema. Sostenemos una hipótesis alternativa, en total oposición con dicha conclusión: si se realizara la evaluación social del proyecto, tomando en cuenta la externalidad generada por el mismo, podría concluirse que el proyecto fue altamente exitoso; aún cuando su evaluación privada, la cual es implícitamente la generalmente llevada a cabo, concluye en un claro fracaso. Dicha externalidad se ve reflejada en el número de inmigrantes que llegaron al país en forma independiente a la J.C.A., pero que nunca lo hubiesen hecho de no existir el proyecto del Barón de Hirsch; ya que el mismo puso en el mapa de la judería de Europa oriental a la Argentina, en un mundo en el cual la difusión de la información era lenta y deficiente.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.ucema.edu.ar/publicaciones/download/documentos/289b.pdf
File Function: English version
Download Restriction: no

File URL: http://www.ucema.edu.ar/publicaciones/download/documentos/289a.pdf
File Function: Spanish version
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Universidad del CEMA in its series CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. with number 289.

as in new window
Length:
Date of creation: May 2005
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:cem:doctra:289

Contact details of provider:
Postal: Av. Córdoba 374, (C1054AAP) Capital Federal
Phone: (5411) 6314-3000
Fax: (5411) 4314-1654
Email:
Web page: http://www.cema.edu.ar/publicaciones/doc_trabajo.html
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: Externalities; Baron Maurice de Hirsch; Jewish Colonization Association; Externalidades; Barón Maurice de Hirsch;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cem:doctra:289. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Valeria Dowding).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.