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Commons For Sale. Economic And Institutional Change In Nineteenth Century Northern Spain


  • José Miguel Lana Berasain

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pública de Navarra)


This study examines a facet of institutional change in 19th Century Spain. Empirical analysis of a zone in the Ebro valley confirms that the process of selling commons prior to the 1855 Ley de Desamortización (Disentailment Law) was of great significance. It evaluates the nature of the changes in property rights and identifies the main social protagonists of the era, with the aim of analysing the repercussions these had on production and on the distribution of agrarian income

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  • José Miguel Lana Berasain, 2006. "Commons For Sale. Economic And Institutional Change In Nineteenth Century Northern Spain," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 0604, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:0604

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    1. Clark, Gregory, 1998. "Commons Sense: Common Property Rights, Efficiency, and Institutional Change," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 58(01), pages 73-102, March.
    2. Grantham, George W., 1980. "The Persistence of Open-Field Farming in Nineteenth-Century France," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 40(03), pages 515-531, September.
    3. Allen, Robert C., 1992. "Enclosure and the Yeoman: The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198282969, June.
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    Commons; Property-rights; Agriculture; Land-markets; Land-Reform; Social-Change; Privatisation; Land-Ownership; Agricultural-Institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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