Fran is an economic historian whose main research interest is the analysis of how societies build different institutional settings, the conditions under which these institutions evolve, and their influence on economic development. His PhD thesis analysed the enclosing of the commons in 19th and early 20th century Spain and its impact on different economic and social dimensions. Apart from continuing working on the management of collective resources, his current research interests include inequality, human capital accumulation, migrants selectivity, gender discrimination and agglomeration economies.
Apart from my academic publications below, you can also find my blog posts on economic history here (in Spanish):
'Tracing the Evolution of Agglomeration Economies: Spain, 1860-1991', Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1636 (with Alfonso Díez-Minguela and Julio Martínez-Galarraga)
'Land access inequality and education in pre-industrial Spain', Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers 137 (with Julio Martínez-Galarraga).
'Where are the missing girls? Gender discrimination in 19th century Spain.' (with Domingo Gallego).
'Migrants’ self-selection in the early stages of modern economic growth, Spain (1880–1930)', Economic History Review.
'Common lands and economic development in Spain', Revista de Historia Económica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History.
'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.
Francisco Beltrán Tapia
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