Type

Working Paper

Authors

Brendan M. Walsh
Cormac Ó Gráda

Subjects

Sociology

Topics
ireland boundaries northern ireland borders northern ireland boundaries ireland migration borderlands northern ireland ireland partition borderlands ireland ireland history partition 1921 northern ireland

Did (and does) the Irish border matter? (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.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Brendan M. Walsh, Cormac Ó Gráda

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Brendan M. Walsh
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 107
 
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Cormac Ó Gráda
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 179