The consumption of animal proteins in the city of Barcelona, 1830s-1930s: Evolution and determining factors

Roser Nicolau Nos, Josep Pujol Andreu

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Abstract

This article reconstructs the consumption of animal proteins in the city of Barcelona from the 1830s to the 1930s, focusing on: (a) the circumstances that favoured the expansion of this consumption; and (b) the factors accounting for its changing internal structure. It is considered the influence of four variables: income changes, technological innovations, scientific progress, and living conditions in urban environments. Two main conclusions are proposed. First, the relation between income and consumption has varied overtime, due to the increasing weight of the other variables included in the study. Second, as a consequence of that, concepts such as income elasticity of demand cannot be used to account for the evolution of consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-134
JournalInvestigaciones de Historia Economica
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Cities
  • Consumption
  • Food History

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