Dr Natalia Mora-Sitja
Fellow in History
Lecturer in Economic History


BSc (Barcelona), MA (Barcelona), MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

I was originally trained as an economist, but soon became interested in History and specialized in Economic History. My research investigates the various interactions between economic growth and labour markets in the past. On one hand, technological innovations, migration, and economic structural change affect labour market institutions and working conditions. On the other hand, wages, the wage formation system or the relative availability of skilled workers are very relevant in determining the paths followed to reach economic development. This two-way relationship is the centre of my research. My doctoral work studied the development of the Catalan industrial workforce in the long 19th century and analysed how industrialisation affected the wage structure of the population, resulting in several papers on rural/urban wage gaps and labour market integration, wage inequality and the birth of the working class, and women's work and wages during industrialisation. My next research steps will focus on bringing gender into structural economic analysis; by using historical data and international comparisons, my aim is to report systematic patterns of gender-related variables as national economies become more affluent, and to identify the factors that account for cross-country differences.

Mora-Sitja, Natalia, ‘Spain’, in Quentin Skinner (ed.), States and Families in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Mora-Sitja, Natalia, ‘Labour market integration in a pre-industrial economy: Catalonia, 1772-1816’, Oxford Economic Papers, 59 (2007), pp. 156-77.

Mora-Sitja, Natalia; Camps, E.; Camou, M.; and Maubrigades, S., ‘Globalization and Wage Inequality in South and East Asia and Latin America: A Gender Approach’, Barcelona Economics Working Paper Series, 284 (2006)

Mora-Sitja, Natalia, ‘Exploring Changes in Earnings Inequality during Industrialisation: Barcelona, 1856-1905’, Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History, University of Oxford, DP61 (2006)