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Industrialization in the Habsburg Empire: A spatial analysis

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We combine data from occupational and business censuses of the Habsburg Empire to examine the spatial concentration of manufacturing before World War I. We map industry location in 50 regions across 13 industries, differentiating employment in factory industry from handcrafts. We establish that industries dominated by factory employment were spatially concentrated, while craft industries were spatially diffused. Using occupational data for almost one thousand districts, we find that local agglomeration effects and path dependency were more important industry location determinants than market access. Exploiting different spatial units, we demonstrate in an historical context the relevance of the modifiable unit area problem.

This talk is part of the Quantitative History Seminar series.

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