The grape Phylloxera plague as a natural experiment: The upkeep of vineyards in Catalonia (Spain), 1858-1935

Marc Badia-Miró, Enric Tello, Francesc Valls, Ramon Garrabou

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Abstract

This paper analyses the impact in Catalonia of the grape Phylloxera plague in Europe (1865-90). A statistical model is used to analyse the economic resilience of 35 districts in Catalonia to this external ecological and economic shock, and to explain why districts in the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona resumed growing wine grapes after the plague, in contrast to districts in Girona and Lleida provinces. The opportunity cost of labour, the demand pull of Barcelona's commercial growth, and the agro-climatic suitability of land for growing grapes are used to explain the differing capacities of districts to endure the Phylloxera plague in Catalonia. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-61
JournalAustralian Economic History Review
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Ago-climatic land suitability
  • Factor endowment
  • Phylloxera plague
  • Spain
  • Time-distances
  • Vineyard specialisation

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