Dr Natalia Mora Sitja

Associate Professor in Modern European Economic History
Fellow of Downing College
Mora Sitja

I will be on research leave for the academic year 2021-22


I joined the Faculty in 2005. I studied Economics and Management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), followed by an MSc and a DPhil (PhD) in Economic and Social History at Oxford.

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.

I supervise graduate students (MPhil and PhD) across a range of topics in European economic and social history from c. 1750 to the present, and welcome inquiries from prospective students in that area, particularly those with projects involving the study of inequalities, labour markets, women's work, or migration; Spanish history; and/or those with an an interest in quantitative analysis.

I will be on research leave in 2020-21.

I lecture in Part I (Papers 17 and 18) and I offer a Specified Subject in Part II (The long road to modernisation. Spain since 1808).  I also teach for the MPhil in Economic and Social History.


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Office Phone: 01223 3 34837


Key Publications

  • Mora-Sitja, Natalia, 'El primer proletariat català. Mà d'obra i relacions laborals a les fàbriques d'indianes de Barcelona', Barcelona Quaderns d'Història, 17 (2011), pp. 237-51.
  • Mora-Sitja, Natalia, ‘Spain’, in Quentin Skinner (ed.), States and Families in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Mora-Sitja, Natalia, 'El proletariat industrial: immigració, canvi tecnològic i desigualtat social', Barcelona Quaderns d'Història, 16 (2010), pp.95-108.
  • 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, Oxford, 61 (2006)