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The sources of long-run growth in Spain, 1850-2000

Prados de la Escosura, Leandro and Roses, Joan R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0661-3134 (2009) The sources of long-run growth in Spain, 1850-2000. Journal of Economic History, 69 (04). pp. 1063-1091. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050709001387


Between 1850 and 2000 Spain's real output and labor productivity grew at average rates of 2.5 and 2.1 percent. The sources of this long-run growth are investigated here for the first time. Broad capital accumulation and efficiency gains appear as complementary in Spain's long-term growth. Factor accumulation dominated long-run growth up to 1950, while total factor productivity (TFP) led thereafter and, especially, during periods of growth acceleration. The main spurts in TFP and capital coincide with the impact of the railroads (1850s-1880), the electrification (the 1920s and 1950s), and to the adoption of new vintage technology during the Golden Age.

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Additional Information: © 2009 The Economic History Association
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 08:41
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:13

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