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“Horn Of Plenty” Revisited: The Globalization Of Mediterranean Horticulture And The Economic Development Of Spain, 1850-1935


  • Vicente Pinilla

    () (Department of Applied Economics and Economic History, University of Zaragoza)

  • María Isabel Ayuda

    () (Department of Economic Analysis, University of Zaragoza)


This paper analizes the impact of the globalization of Mediterranean horticultural products (MHP). From 1850 onwards, the Mediterranean countries took advantage of the new opportunities that arose to increase their production and trade in MHP. The Spanish case shows how the high elasticity of supply with respect to prices helps to explain the enormous increase of its production and trade in MHP, that became the most dynamic sector of Spanish agriculture. The analysis of the counterfactual case of the non-existence of US MHP emphasizes the cost of this increasing competition to the traditional producers from the end of the nineteenth century.

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  • Vicente Pinilla & María Isabel Ayuda, 2006. "“Horn Of Plenty” Revisited: The Globalization Of Mediterranean Horticulture And The Economic Development Of Spain, 1850-1935," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 0606, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:0606

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    1. Vicente Pinilla Navarro, 2004. "Sobre la agricultura y el crecimiento económico en España (1800-1935)," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 34, pages 137-162, december.

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    Globalization; International Markets; Spanish Economic Development; International Trade; Mediterranean Horticultural Products.;

    JEL classification:

    • N50 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N70 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - General, International, or Comparative


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