Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia
Background and activities
Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia defended his PhD at the University of Oxford in 2014 and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge for three years (2014-2017). His thesis, which studied the enclosing of the commons in 19th-century Spain, was shortlisted for the Thirsk-Feinstein Prize by the Economic History Society and was awarded best doctoral dissertation (2014-2016) by the Asociación Española de Historia Económica.
As well as continuing working on the management of collective resources, his current research interests include inequality, education, migrants selectivity, gender discrimination and agglomeration economies. He is also editor of the Scandinavian Economic History Review. Apart from his academic publications below, you can also find his blog posts on economic history in Nada es Gratis here (in Spanish).
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PUBLICATIONS AND WORKING PAPERS (BY TOPIC)
Female excess mortality in infancy and childhood
'All little girls, the bad luck!' Sex ratios and gender discrimination in 19th-century Greece (Working Paper with Michail Raftakis).
Sex ratios and missing girls in late-19th-century Europe (Working Paper).
What explains the missing girls in 19th-century Spain?, Economic History Review 73, 1 (2020): 59-77 (with Domingo Gallego-Martínez).
Where are the missing girls? Gender discrimination in 19th century Spain, Explorations in Economic History 66 (2017), pp. 117-126. (with Domingo Gallego-Martínez).
Class, education and social mobility: Madrid, 1880-1905 (Working Paper with Santiago de Miguel Salanova).
Two stories, one fate: Age-heaping and literacy in Spain, 1877-1930 (Working Paper with Alfonso Díez-Minguela, Julio Martínez-Galarraga and Daniel Tirado-Fabregat).
Capital humano y desiguald territorial. El proceso de alfabetización en los municipios españoles desde la Ley Moyano hasta la Guerra Civil (Banco de España: Estudios de Historia Económica 74, 2019) (with Alfonso Díez-Minguela, Julio Martínez-Galarraga and Daniel Tirado-Fabregat).
Inequality and education in pre-industrial economies: Evidence from Spain, Explorations in Economic History 69 (2018), pp. 81-101 (with Julio Martínez-Galarraga).
Migrants’ self-selection in the early stages of modern economic growth, Spain (1880–1930), Economic History Review 70, 1 (2017), pp. 101-121. (with Santiago de Miguel Salanova).
Enclosing literacy? Common lands and human capital in Spain, 1860-1930, Journal of Institutional Economics 9, 4 (2013), pp. 491-515.
Population and economic growth
The shadow of cities: size, location and the long-term spatial distribution of population in Spain (Working Paper with Julio Martínez-Galarraga and Alfonso Díez-Minguela).
Inequality and growth in a developing economy: Evidence from regional data (Spain, 1860-1930), Social Science History (early view) (with Julio Martínez-Galarraga).
Tracing the Evolution of Agglomeration Economies: Spain, 1860-1991, Journal of Economic History 78, 1 (2018), pp. 81-117 (with Alfonso Díez-Minguela and Julio Martínez-Galarraga).
Revisiting Allen's nitrogen hypothesis from a climate perspective (1645-1740) (Working Paper with José Luis Martínez-González).
Communal hopes and land reform in rural Spain, 1931-1936 (with Iñaki Iriarte and José Miguel Lana).
En torno al comunal en Espana: Una agenda de investigación llena de retos y promesas, in D. Soto Fernández and J.M. Lana Berasáin (eds.), Del pasado al futuro como problema: La historia agraria contemporánea espanola en el siglo XXI (Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2018: pp. 145-162) (link to the working paper).
Common lands and economic development in Spain, Revista de Historia Económica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 34, 1 (2016), pp. 111-133.
Commons and the standard of living debate in Spain, 1860-1930', Cliometrica 9, 1 (2015), pp. 27-48.
"Goth and Vandals" or "Civilised" peasants? Common lands and agricultural productivity in Spain, 1900-1930, Social Science History 39, 2 (2015), pp. 217-252.
Social and environmental filters to market incentives: Common land persistence in 19th century Spain, Journal of Agrarian Change 15, 2 (2015), pp. 239-260.
Commons, Social Capital and the Emergence of Agricultural Cooperatives in Early 20th Century Spain, European Review of Economic History 16 (2012), pp. 511-528.