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La restricción exterior al crecimiento económico español (1870–1913)


  • Loncán, Alfonso Herranz
  • Fabregat, Daniel A. Tirado


In this paper we estimate long-term functions of Spanish foreign trade from 1870 to 1913. We find the income elasticity of the Spanish import demand to be higher than the income elasticity of the export demand. This implies that, in die absence of compensation mechanisms, the Spanish economy was condemned to balance-of-payments constraints when its growth was similar to its trade partners'. These constraints implied a constant pressure over die peseta's exchange rate. These findings allows us to contribute to some present debates about Spanish economic policy of that period, particularly those dealing wih the adoption of the gold standard and foreign trade liberation.

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  • Loncán, Alfonso Herranz & Fabregat, Daniel A. Tirado, 1996. "La restricción exterior al crecimiento económico español (1870–1913)," Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(1), pages 11-49, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:reveco:v:14:y:1996:i:01:p:11-49_00

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    1. Bajo-Rubio, Oscar, 2012. "The balance-of-payments constraint on economic growth in a long-term perspective: Spain, 1850–2000," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 105-117.

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