Spanish Economic Review

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 243–265 | Cite as

Migrants and market potential in Spain over the twentieth century: a test of the new economic geography

  • Elisenda Paluzie
  • Jordi Pons
  • Javier Silvestre
  • Daniel A. Tirado
Regular Article


In this paper, we offer a structural contrast of a new economic geography model in Spain over three different periods: the 1920s, the 1960s, and the early years of the 21st century. In line with Crozet (J Econ Geogr 4:439–458, 2004), we analyse the possible existence of a forward effect, i.e. the existence of a relationship between the workers’ localisation decisions and the market potential of the regions. Our results show that this model provides a good explanation of migrant behaviour in Spain throughout the 20th century. Moreover, the changes in the parameters estimated are consistent with a change in the migratory model and reflect the tendency towards a spatial redispersion of economic activity in recent decades.


Migrations Industrial agglomerations Market potential 

JEL Classification

R23 N63 N64 N93 F14 F15 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisenda Paluzie
    • 1
  • Jordi Pons
    • 2
  • Javier Silvestre
    • 3
  • Daniel A. Tirado
    • 4
  1. 1.CAEPS and Departament de Teoria EconòmicaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.CAEPSUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Dpto. de Historia EconómicaUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  4. 4.Dpt. d´Història i Institucions EconòmiquesUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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