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Regional wage convergence in Spain : 1850-1930

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  • Sánchez-Alonso, Blanca
  • Rosés, Joan R.

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Real wages PPP adjusted are used to analyse labour market integration in Spain. In contrast to earlier research analysing migration and nominal wages rates, our research seems to indicate that a well-integrated labour market had emerged in Spain by 1914 and substantial wage convergence happened from 1850 to 1914 with low rates of interna l migration. The shock of World War I and the subsequent globalisation backlash appear to disrupt this integrated market provoking a spectacular increase in wage differentials across regions and provinces. However, real wage convergence across Spanish provinces resumed powerfully over 1920s, this time accompanied by high internal migrations.

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  • Sánchez-Alonso, Blanca & Rosés, Joan R., 2002. "Regional wage convergence in Spain : 1850-1930," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wh025301, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
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    1. Roses, Joan R., 2015. "Spanish land reform in the 1930s: economic necessity or political opportunism?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 64498, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    9. Martinez-Galarraga, Julio, 2012. "The determinants of industrial location in Spain, 1856–1929," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 255-275.

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