Did (and does) the Irish border matter?

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
60_ogw.pdf242.09 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Did (and does) the Irish border matter?
Authors: Ó Gráda, Cormac
Walsh, Brendan M.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2196
Date: 2006
Abstract: This paper examines how the two parts of Ireland were affected by the partition of the country in 1922. It examines the post-partition evolution of living standards north and south, and patterns of trade, migration, and road and rail traffic between the two since 1922. A separate section looks at the effects of living near the border on population trends. Bearing in mind the difficulty of establishing a relevant counterfactual— what would have happened in the absence of partition—we conclude that while it is possible to discern a “partition effect”, it is smaller and less significant than is widely perceived. The evidence we present is a salutary warning against great expectations about the possible economic gains from the dismantling the barriers erected between the two parts of Ireland after 1922.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The authors, 2006
Keywords: Partition;Borders;1922;Ireland;Migration;Northern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Ireland--History--Partition, 1921
Borderlands--Ireland
Borderlands--Northern Ireland
Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at final conference of the Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island programme, City Hotel, Armagh, 19-20 January 2006.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

Show full item record

Google ScholarTM

Check


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.