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Wages and prices in early Catalan industrialisation
Prat Sabartés, Marc; Martínez Galarraga, Julio
Universitat de Barcelona
[eng] Catalonia was the only Mediterranean region among the early followers of the British Industrial Revolution in the second third of the nineteenth century. The roots of this industrialisation process can be traced back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the Catalan economy became successfully integrated in international trade and the region enjoyed an intensification of its agrarian and proto-industrial activities. These capitalist developments were subsequently reinforced by a successful printed calico manufacturing business concentrated in the city of Barcelona. Although the factory system was largely adopted by the cotton industry in the 1840s, the diffusion of the spinning jenny had occurred earlier in the 1790s. In this paper, in line with Allen (2009a, 2009b), we explore whether relative factor prices played a role in the widespread adoption of the spinning jenny in Catalonia.
Història econòmica
Revolució industrial
Història social
Indústria del cotó
Economic history
Industrial revolution
Social history
Cotton manufacture
cc-by-nc-nd, (c) Prat Sabartés et al., 2014
Documento de trabajo
Universitat de Barcelona. Facultat d'Economia i Empresa

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