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The Development of Irrigation in Provence 1700-1860: The French Revolution and Economic Growth

Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent (1990) The Development of Irrigation in Provence 1700-1860: The French Revolution and Economic Growth. Journal of Economic History, 50 (3). pp. 288-306. ISSN 0022-0507. doi:10.1017/S0022050700037189.

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Quantitative and qualitative evidence suggest that the returns to irrigation in France were similar during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Old Regime failed to develop irrigation because of fragmented political authority over rights of eminent domain. Since many groups could hold projects up, transaction costs increased dramatically. Reforms enacted during the French Revolution reduced the costs of securing rights of eminent domain.

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Additional Information:© 1990 Economic History Association. This article is a revised version of the fourth chapter of my Ph.D. dissertation, "The Fruits of Revolution: Property Rights, Litigation and French Agriculture (1700-1860)" (Caltech, 1988). I would like to thank Philip T. Hoffman and Lance Davis for their guidance, as well as Ken Sokoloff and two referees and the editors for very helpful suggestions. The archival research was made possible by two travel grants from the California Institute of Technology and by the John Randolph and Dora Haines Fellowship.
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Official Citation:Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent. 1990. “The Development of Irrigation in Provence, 1700-1860: The French Revolution and Economic Growth”. The Journal of Economic History 50 (3). Cambridge University Press: 615–38.
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