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Progress, decline, growth: product and productivity in Italian agriculture, 1000–2000

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  • PAOLO MALANIMA

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This article estimates agricultural production and output per worker in Italy, from about the year 1000 to the present. The millennium may be divided neatly into three periods. Output per worker increased until the fourteenth century, declined, with some fluctuations, until the end of the nineteenth century, and then recovered, booming in the past 50 years.

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  • Giovanni Federico & Paolo Malanima, 2004. "Progress, decline, growth: product and productivity in Italian agriculture, 1000–2000," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 57(3), pages 437-464, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ehsrev:v:57:y:2004:i:3:p:437-464
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2004.00284.x
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