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Research Interests

Economic history


A PhD in Economic History from Oxford, my main research interest is the analysis of how societies build institutions that promote or limit economic development, the conditions under which these institutions evolve, and their influence on economic development. My PhD thesis analysed the enclosing of the commons in 19th and early 20th century Spain and its impact on different economic and social dimensions. Focusing on a similar geographical and temporal framework, my current research interests range from inequality and collective action to human capital accumulation and migrants selectivity, among others.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Beltrán Tapia, F.J. and Gallego-Martínez, D. What explains the missing girls in nineteenth-century Spain?, (2018) Economic History Review
Beltran, Tapia, F.J. Common lands and economic development in Spain, (2015) Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History
Beltran, Tapia, F.J. Social and environmental filters to market incentives: the persistence of common land in nineteenth-century Spain, (2014) Journal of Agrarian Change
Beltran Tapia, F.J. Commons and the standard of living debate in Spain, 1860-1930, (2014) Cliometrica
Beltran, Tapia, F.J. Enclosing literacy? Common lands and human capital in Spain, 1860-1930, (2013) Journal of Institutional Economics

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Beltràn Tapia, F., Díez-Minguela, A., Martínez-Galarraga, J. The Shadow of Cities: Size, Location and the Spatial Distribution of Population in Spain, (2017) CWPE1749
Beltrán Tapia, F., Díez-Minguela, A. and Martinez-Galarraga, J. Tracing the Evolution of Agglomeration Economies: Spain, 1860-1991, (2016) CWPE1636

Dr Francisco Beltran

Deakin Fellow in Economics (Magdalene College)

Research Group:
Economic History

Contact Details
College: Magdalene College