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The Economy of Modern Malta

From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century


  • Analyzes the impact of the colonial state on agriculture, manufacturing, and trade in Malta

  • Investigates the post-colonial transition to protectionism and state control of the Maltese economy

  • Explores the liberalization and globalization of Malta's economy from 1987 onward

  • Overviews Malta's contemporary economic institutions and argues for more inclusive growth


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 1-38
  3. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 39-125
  4. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 127-223
  5. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 225-303
  6. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 305-365
  7. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 367-377
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 379-384

About this book


This book provides the first wide-ranging account of the Maltese economy in the modern era, from colonialism to European Union membership. It sets arguments about growth and development, and the impact and legacy of colonization, against detailed histories of agriculture, manufacturing and trade, and different economic policy regimes. It is based on volumes of newly collected archival evidence and the latest thinking in economic history. By extending coverage up to the present, the book explains how one of the world's smallest nation-states achieved lasting economic development, quintupling its per capita income level since 1970, when many other postcolonial and advanced economies stagnated.


Spiteri comparative economics cotton military expenditure entrepot industrial diversification liberalization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Economic HistoryHumboldt-University of Berlin Institute of Economic HistoryBerlinGermany

About the authors

Paul Caruana Galizia is a Marie Curie Early-Career Fellow in the Institute of Economic History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He is also the author of Mediterranean Labor Markets in the First Age of Globalization.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Economy of Modern Malta
  • Book Subtitle From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century
  • Authors Paul Caruana Galizia
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Economic History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Economic History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56597-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-72018-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56598-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 384
  • Number of Illustrations 53 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    European Economics
    Regional/Spatial Science
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