The "Iberian Tigers" versus The "Celtic Tiger": Economic Growth Paths in an Economic History perspective
AbstractThe years following the Second World War are those of greatest economic growth in Europe. If the countries of the Iberian Peninsula, neutral in the conflict and ruled by dictatorial regimes, enjoyed that growth and had participated in the convergence phenomenon, Ireland, also neutral but democratic, was not able to converge to the developed world. Since 1973, with petroleum crashes, the process of growth has slowed in Europe, but it was only after 1985 that Ireland began to grow at impressive rates. We review, in an economic history perspective, the implications of the institutional environment and the economic policy decisions. We also address the consequences and plausible explanations for the different growth paths of those countries and revisit the puzzle of slow Irish growth until the middle eighties.
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Second World War; Economic Growth; Convergence; Periphery; Europe; Ireland; Portugal; Spain.;
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- Tiago Neves Sequeira, 2003. "The Iberian Tigers versus The Celtic Tiger: Economic Growth Paths in an Economic History Perspective," Economic History 0309002, EconWPA.
- N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
- N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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