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Plenty of Land, Land of Plenty. The Agrarian Output of Portugal (1311-20)

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  • António Henriques

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This article presents a benchmark for Portuguese agrarian output for the 1311-20 decade. This benchmark is built from the supply side, using the value of ecclesiastical tithes, and tested with macro and micro level demand-side information. Compared with existing estimates for contemporary England, real Portuguese per capita agrarian output appears high. This result challenges the received wisdom that by 1320 Portugal was hard-pressed by demographic forces. Instead, it confirms that by 1320, Portugal was a ‘frontier economy’ with a high land/labour ratio and a high per capita output level.

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  • António Henriques, 2014. "Plenty of Land, Land of Plenty. The Agrarian Output of Portugal (1311-20)," FEP Working Papers 520, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    Keywords

    Economic History; Agriculture; Living Standards; Frontier Economy;

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    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913

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