DP6189 The Sources of Long-run Growth in Spain 1850-2000
|Author(s):||Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Joan R. Rosés|
|Publication Date:||March 2007|
|Keyword(s):||factor accumulation, growth accounting, Spain, total factor productivity|
|JEL(s):||N13, N14, O47|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6189|
Between 1850 and 2000, Spain?s real income increased by about 40-fold, at an average rate of 2.5 percent. The sources of this long-run growth are investigated using Jorgenson-type growth accounting analysis. We find that growth upsurges are closely related to increases in TFP. Spanish economic growth went through three successive phases. The century before 1950 was characterized by slow growth driven by factor accumulation. TFP improvements pushed up explosive growth during the Golden Age and mitigated the deceleration during the transition to democracy years (1975-86). Since the accession to the European Union Spain has experienced a dramatic productivity slowdown.