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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, Enric
Valls Junyent, Francesc, 1966-
Garrabou, Ramon, 1937-
Keywords: Fil·loxera
Plagues agrícoles
Wine industry
Agricultural pests
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Wiley
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.
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It is part of: Australian Economic History Review, 2010, vol. 50, num. 1, p. 39-61
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ISSN: 0004-8992
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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