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Harbingers of dissolution?: grain prices, borders and nationalism in the Hapsburg economy before the First World War

Schulze, Max-Stephan and Wolf, Nikolaus (2006) Harbingers of dissolution?: grain prices, borders and nationalism in the Hapsburg economy before the First World War. Economic History Working Papers, 93/06. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

This paper explores the pre-First World War Austro-Hungarian economy as a prominent case where growing conflict between various ethnic and national groups within an empire might have contributed to the emergence of internal borders and even its eventual dissolution. To this end we adopt an Engel-and-Rogers–type approach to examine on an annual basis the extent of co-movements in grain prices across a sample of ten regional capital cities in the empire and over the period 1877-1910. There are two key findings. First, the political borders that emerged from 1918 onwards became visible in the price dynamics of grain markets already 20 years before the Great War. Second, this effect of a “border before a border” can be explained by the extent of language heterogeneity across the various parts of the Habsburg Empire. These results raise several important questions about both the forces that shaped pre-war market integration as well as the economic costs of breaking up the Habsburg customs union after 1918.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/workingPaper...
Additional Information: © 2006 Max-Stephan Schulze & Nikolaus Wolf
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DB Austria
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DJ Netherlands (Holland) > DJK Eastern Europe
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 93/06
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2009 18:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22324/

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