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Explaining vineyard specialization in the province of Barcelona (Spain) in the mid-19th century

  • Enric Tello
  • Marc Badia-Miro
  • Xavier Cusso
  • Ramon Garrabou
  • Francesc Valls

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

We present a statistical model of agrarian vineyard specialization in the province of Barcelona towards 1860, that combines the Boserupian push of population increase, the demand pull of a Smithian-type of growth (measured by the time-distances to the nearest seaport), and the agrological lands suitability for sowing grain or growing vines (as measured by water stress, slopes and frost risk). The overall outcome of the adjusted R2 levels, which range from 0.608 to 0.826, can be considered very successful. The inequality in land ownership is another factor that we believe to have played an important role, but has had to be omitted for the moment due to the lack of statistical data. Further research is also needed to deal with a possible endogeneity problem that working with socio-demographic variables entails.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 201.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2008201
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  1. Enric Tello & Ramon Garrabou & Xavier Cussó & José Ramón Olarieta, 2008. "Una interpretación de los cambios de uso del suelo desde el punto de vista del metabolismo social agrario. La comarca catalana del Vallès, 1853-2004," Revista Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica, Red Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica, vol. 7, pages 97-115.
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