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Regional prices in early twentieth-century Spain: A country-product-dummy approach

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  • Alicia Gómez-Tello

    (Universitat de València, Spain)

  • Alfonso Díez-Minguela

    (Universitat de València, Spain)

  • Julio Martínez-Galarraga

    (Universitat de València, Spain)

  • Daniel A. Tirado-Fabregat

    (Universitat de València, Spain)

Abstract

This paper explores regional price variation in early twentieth-century Spain. Using consumer price information from the bulletins published by the Instituto de Reformas Sociales between 1910 and 1920, we build a dataset with a total of 40,581 quotes covering 22 items for each of the 49 provinces. We then estimate provincial price levels following a country-product-dummy (CPD)approach. Our preliminary findings suggest that substantial spatial price variation existed. In line with the Balassa-Samuelson conjecture, it appears that price and productivity levels were somewhat related. Nevertheless, spatial price variation prevails among the less industrialised provinces, and this calls for further research and discussion.

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  • Alicia Gómez-Tello & Alfonso Díez-Minguela & Julio Martínez-Galarraga & Daniel A. Tirado-Fabregat, 2018. "Regional prices in early twentieth-century Spain: A country-product-dummy approach," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 1802, Asociación Española de Historia Económica.
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    Spain; Prices; Living Standards; Economic Development;
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    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • N9 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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