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Regional Incomes in Portugal: Industrialisation, Integration and Inequality, 1890-1980*

  • Marc Badia-Miró (a1), Jordi Guilera (a1) and Pedro Lains (a2)

The analysis of the evolution of the location of economic activity in Portugal between 1890 and 1980 depicts a strong concentration of productive activity in the coastal regions. We estimate data for regional GDP per capita, which show that the evolution of regional inequality followed an inverted U-curve, in line with that observed in other regions of Europe, but with a rather late peak, in 1970. The reasons for this behaviour may be found in the limits to industrialisation in the interior regions and the benefits generated by the agglomeration economies in the more developed coastal regions.


El análisis de la evolución de la localización de la actividad económica en Portugal, entre 1890 y 1980, nos muestra un fuerte proceso de concentración de la producción en las zonas costeras, coincidiendo con el proceso de decadencia de las provincias agrícolas del interior. A su vez, la evolución de la desigualdad espacial sigue una curva U-invertida, en la línea de lo observado en otras regiones de Europa, pero con el punto de máxima desigualdad hacia 1970, mucho más tarde que esas regiones. Las razones de ese comportamiento estarían en las dificultades que tuvo el país para modernizar la economía en aquellas regiones más atrasadas, sobretodo la industria, y las ventajas que generaron las economías de aglomeración en las regiones más desarrolladas.

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Revista de Historia Economica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History
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  • EISSN: 2041-3335
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