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Social and environmental filters to market incentives: common land persistence in 19th century Spain

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  • Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia

    () (Departamento de Estructura e Historia Económica y Economía Pública, Universidad de Zaragoza)

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The regional diversity of communal persistence in 19th century Spain has been well documented by historiography. Although the explanation of this divergence has been attributed to the social and environmental context, together with the prevailing market incentives that characterized the different rural societies of this period, there has been no clear assessment of the role played by each. Through a comparative study of the historical data at the provincial level, this paper analyzes the relative contribution of these elements to that divergence. The results diminish the significance of market signals and show how the social and environmental conditions of these communities interacted to limit, or promote, the dismantling of the common lands.

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  • Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia, 2010. "Social and environmental filters to market incentives: common land persistence in 19th century Spain," Documentos de Trabajo de la Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria 1003, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:wpaper:1003
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    Keywords

    Spain; 19th Century; common lands; privatization; socio-ecological context;

    JEL classification:

    • N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • P14 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Property Rights

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