Decomposing Income Inequality in a Backward Pre‐Industrial Economy: Old Castile (Spain) in the Middle of the Eighteenth Century

  title={Decomposing Income Inequality in a Backward Pre‐Industrial Economy: Old Castile (Spain) in the Middle of the Eighteenth Century},
  author={Esteban Nicolini and Fernando Ramos Palencia},
  journal={History of Economics eJournal},
Research on economic inequality in early modern Europe is complicated by the lack of appropriate data for reconstructing income or wealth distributions. This article presents a study of income inequality in mid‐eighteenth‐century Old Castile (Spain) using the Ensenada Cadastre, a census conducted between 1749 and 1759. The article describes the information provided by this census and then discusses its advantages and disadvantages for reconstructing income profiles and calculating income… 
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