Professor Joan Roses

Professor in Economic History

Research Interests

Modern and Contemporary Economic History with special emphasis in historical economic geography, long-run economic growth, well-being and policy issues.

Current Research Projects

  • Historical Economic Geography of Europe, 19th-20th Centuries
  • Factor markets in Spain: labour, land and real estate.
  • The regional consequences of external shocks

Current teaching

  • EH308 Historical Economic Geography: Cities, Markets and Regions in the 19th and 20th Centuries


  •  (with Julio Martinez-Galarraga and Daniel A. Tirado), ‘The long-term patterns of regional income inequality in Spain (1860-2000),’ Regional Studies, forthcoming.
  • (with Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Isabel Sanz Villarroya), ‘Economic Reforms and Growth in Franco’s Spain,’ Revista de Historia Económica vol. 30, no. 1 (2012), pp. 45-89.
  • (with Juan Carmona Pidal) ‘Land markets and agrarian backwardness (Spain, 1900-1936),’ European Review of Economic History vol. 16, no. 1 (2012), pp 74-96.
  • (with Julio Martinez-Galarraga and Daniel A. Tirado), ‘The upswing of regional income inequality in Spain (1860-1930)’, Explorations in Economic History, vol. 47, no. 2 (2010), pp. 244-257.
  • (with Leandro Prados de la Escosura) ‘Long-run Estimates of Physical Capital in Spain, 1850-2000’, Research in Economic History 27 (2010), pp. 141–200.
  • (with Leandro Prados de la Escosura), ‘Human Capital and Economic Growth in Spain, 1850-2000,’ Explorations in Economic History vol. 47, no. 4 (2010), pp. 520-532.
  • (with Nikolaus Wolf), ‘Aggregate Growth, 1913-1950’, in Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, edited by S. Broadberry and K. O’Rourke, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, vol. II, pp. 208-231.
  • (with Leandro Prados de la Escosura), ‘The Sources of Long-run Growth in Spain 1850-2000,’ Journal of Economic History, vol. 69, no. 4 (2009), pages 1063-1091.
  • ‘Subcontracting and Vertical Integration in the Spanish Cotton Industry’,Economic History Review, vol. 62, no. 1 (2009), pp. 45-72.
  • (with Albert Carreras and Leandro Prados de la Escosura), ‘Renta y riqueza’, inEstadísticas Históricas de España, edited by Albert Carreras and Xavier Tafunell, Bilbao: Fundación BBVA, 2005, pp. 1277-1376.
  • (with Blanca Sánchez-Alonso), ‘Regional Wage Convergence in Spain (1850-1930)’, Explorations in Economic History, vol. 41, no. 3 (2004), pp. 404-425.
  • ‘Why Isn’t the Whole of Spain Industrialized? New Economic Geography and Early Industrialization, 1797-1910’, Journal of Economic History, vol 63, no. 4 (2003), pp. 995-1022.
  • ‘The Choice of Technology in the Mediterranean Basin’, in Pamuk y Williamson (eds), The Mediterranean Response to Globalization, London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 134-156.
  • 'Measuring the Contribution of Human Capital to the development of Catalan Factory System', European Review of Economic History, vol. 2, no 1(1998), pp 25-48.
  • (with Xavier Cuadras-Morató) 'Bills of exchange as money: Monetary supply in Catalonia during the industrialisation', Financial History Review, vol. 5, no 1 (1998), pp. 27-47.