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Plenty of Land, Land of Plenty. The Agrarian Output of Portugal (1311-20)


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  • António Henriques

    (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

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    This article presents a benchmark for Portuguese agrarian output for the 1311-20 decade. This benchmark is built from the supply side, using the value of ecclesiastical tithes, and tested with macro and micro level demand-side information. Compared with existing estimates for contemporary England, real Portuguese per capita agrarian output appears high. This result challenges the received wisdom that by 1320 Portugal was hard-pressed by demographic forces. Instead, it confirms that by 1320, Portugal was a ‘frontier economy’ with a high land/labour ratio and a high per capita output level.

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    Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 520.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2014
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    Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:520

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    Keywords: Economic History; Agriculture; Living Standards; Frontier Economy;

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