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Regional Wage Convergence In Spain 1850-1930

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  • Joan R. Rosés

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  • Blanca Sánchez-Alonso

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Real wages PPP adjusted are used to analyse labour market integration in Spain. In contrast to earlier research analysing migration and nominal wages rates, our research seems to indicate that a well-integrated labour market had emerged in Spain by 1914 and substantial wage convergence happened from 1850 to 1914 with low rates of interna l migration. The shock of World War I and the subsequent globalisation backlash appear to disrupt this integrated market provoking a spectacular increase in wage differentials across regions and provinces. However, real wage convergence across Spanish provinces resumed powerfully over 1920s, this time accompanied by high internal migrations.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones in its series Working Papers in Economic History with number wh025301.

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  1. Daniel Aurelio Tirado Fabregat & Jordi Pons Novell & Elisenda Paluzie Hernandez, 2003. "Industrial agglomerations and wage gradients: the Spanish economy in the interwar period," Working Papers in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia 103, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
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  3. Kerstin Enflo & Joan Ramón Rosés, 2012. "Coping with Regional Inequality in Sweden: Structural Change, Migrations and Policy, 1860-2000," Working Papers, European Historical Economics Society (EHES) 0029, European Historical Economics Society (EHES).
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  6. Elena Vakulenko, 2014. "Does migration lead to regional convergence in Russia?," HSE Working papers, National Research University Higher School of Economics WP BRP 53/EC/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  7. Leandro Prados de la Escosura, 2006. "Growth And Structural Change In Spain, 1850-2000," Working Papers in Economic History, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones wp06-05, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones.
  8. Leandro Prados de la Escosura & Joan R. Rosés, 2008. "Proximate causes of economic growth in Spain, 1850-2000," Working Papers in Economic History, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones wp08-12, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones.

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