Spanish Agriculture in the Little Divergence

  title={Spanish Agriculture in the Little Divergence},
  author={Carlos {\'A}lvarez‐Nogal and Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Carlos Santiago-Caballero},
  journal={CEPR Discussion Paper Series},
This paper explores the role of agriculture in Spain's contribution to the little divergence in Europe. On the basis of tithes, long-run trends in agricultural output are drawn. After a long period of relative stability, output suffered a severe contraction during 1570-1620, followed by stagnation to 1650, and steady expansion thereafter. Output per head shifted from a relatively high to a low path that persisted until the nineteenth century. The decline in agricultural output per head and per… 
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