Did (and does) the Irish border matter?

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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
Online since: 2010-07-20T13:35:56Z
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
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 60; MFPP Working Papers; 10
Copyright (published version): The authors, 2006
Keywords: PartitionBorders1922IrelandMigrationNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Ireland--History--Partition, 1921
Borderlands--Northern Ireland
Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/ibis/filestore/wp2006/60/60_ogw.pdf
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

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