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Did the agrarian product decrease in early modern Europe? The case of Castile


  • Enrique Llopis

    () (Universidad Complutense de Madrid,Spain)

  • José Antonio Sebastián

    () (Universidad Complutense de Madrid,Spain)

  • Vanesa Abarca

    () (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

  • José Ubaldo Bernardos

    () (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain)

  • Ángel Luis Velasco

    () (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain)


This work quantifies the growth of agricultural product and per capita agricultural product in four provinces of Castile between the late sixteenth century and the third quarter of the eighteenth century. For this purpose we have resourced to tithe documentation generated by the dioceses of Avila, Burgos, Salamanca and Segovia for the distribution of the Subsidio and the Excusado. Our most noticeable conclusion is that the negative image shown by some of the recent literature on the evolution of the primary sector in Castile in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is at odds with the evidence. Between 1588-1592 and 1771-1775, both the agricultural product and per capita agricultural product, far from declining, grew in the aforementioned region.

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  • Enrique Llopis & José Antonio Sebastián & Vanesa Abarca & José Ubaldo Bernardos & Ángel Luis Velasco, 2016. "Did the agrarian product decrease in early modern Europe? The case of Castile," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 1611, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:1611

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    Agrarian Product; Tithes; Castile; Europe; Early Modern Period;

    JEL classification:

    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices

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