Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia

Associate Professor (Onsager Fellow) in Economic History Department of Historical Studies
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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 has been 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, human capital accumulation, migrants selectivity, gender discrimination and agglomeration economies. As well as his academic publications below, you can also find his blog posts on economic history in Nada es Gratis here (in Spanish).


Working Papers:


'Land access inequality and education in pre-industrial Spain'Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers 137 (with Julio Martínez-Galarraga).


'The shadow of cities: size, location and the long-term spatial distribution of population in Spain' (with Julio Martínez-Galarraga and Alfonso Díez-Minguela).


'What lies behind the missing girls in 19th-century Spain?' (with Domingo Gallego-Martínez).


Two stories, one fate: Age-heaping and literacy in Spain, 1877-1930 (with Alfonso Díez-Minguela, Julio Martínez-Galarraga and Daniel Tirado-Fabregat).


Communal hopes and land reform in rural Spain, 1931-1936 (with Iñaki Iriarte and José Miguel Lana).


List of Publications:


'Where are the missing girls? Gender discrimination in 19th century Spain.'Explorations in Economic History (with Domingo Gallego-Martínez).


'Tracing the Evolution of Agglomeration Economies: Spain, 1860-1991', Journal of Economic History (forthcoming) (with Alfonso Díez-Minguela and 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).


'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.


'Enclosing literacy? Common lands and human capital in Spain, 1860-1930'Journal of Institutional Economics 9, 4 (2013), pp. 491-515.


'Commons, Social Capital and the Emergence of Agricultural Cooperatives in Early 20th Century Spain'European Review of Economic History 16 (2012), pp. 511-528.