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Title: The grape phylloxera plague as a natural experiment: the upkeep of vineyards in Catalonia (Spain), 1858-1935
Author: Badia Miró, Marc
Tello Aragay, Enric
Valls Junyent, Francesc
Garrabou Segura, Ramon
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universitat de Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Keywords: Spain
phylloxera plague
vineyard specialization
factor endowment
agro-climatic land suitability
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2010
Publisher: Australian Economic History Review
Citation: Badia Miró, M., Tello, E., Valls, F. & Garrabou, R. (2010). The grape phylloxera plague as a natural experiment: the upkeep of vineyards in Catalonia (Spain), 1858-1935. Australian Economic History Review, 50(1), 39-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2009.00271.x
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SEJ2006-15108-C02-01/GEOG
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Abstract: We present a comparative analysis of the impact and outcome in Catalonia of the wine rush and crash unleashed by the spread of the Grape Phylloxera plague in Europe (1865-1890). In order to explain why many rural districts in the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona were able to resume winegrowing after the plague, while most in the provinces of Girona and Lleida were not, a statistical model is used to check the economic resilience of the Catalan districts to the external ecological and economic shock. The model combines the population densities as a proxy of the opportunity cost in labour allocation, the demand pull of commercial growth measured by the time-distances to the city of Barcelona, and the agroclimatic land's suitability for growing vines, as measured by the Hugling and Winkler indices or the mean slopes of land. After comparing the vineyard allocation in every district in 1860, 1889 and 1920, these variables are used to explain the differing capacities to endure the Phylloxera plague in Catalonia.
Language: English
ISSN: 0004-8992MIAR
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