Historical roots of municipalities development: the Portuguese case

  • António de Jesus Fernandes de Matos Universidade da Beira Interior
  • Tiago Neves Sequeira
  • Marcelo Santos


The development literature has pointed out some deeply rooted determinants of current economic development. We checked out the historical determinants of Portuguese municipalities’ development and also if the strength of the different dominant medieval classes (nobility, clergy, and bourgeoisie) in each Portuguese municipality has some importance for current economic and social development, using some historical proxies. The results indicate that the cathedral antiquity is statistically significant in explaining the purchasing power municipal index. It is interesting to observe that the proxy for the bourgeois power does not have influence in the most robust regressions, and that the proxy for nobility power (the castle antiquity) is negatively related to current purchasing power.

Jul 28, 2021
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MATOS, António de Jesus Fernandes de; SEQUEIRA, Tiago Neves; SANTOS, Marcelo. Historical roots of municipalities development: the Portuguese case. Revista Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Regional, Blumenau, v. 9, n. 2, p. 7-32, jul. 2021. ISSN 2317-5443. Disponível em: <https://proxy.furb.br/ojs/index.php/rbdr/article/view/9103>. Acesso em: 25 jan. 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7867/2317-5443.2021v9n2p7-32.


Counties; economic development; historical determinants of development; municipalities; Portugal.