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Measuring the maritime economy: Spain in the European Atlantic Arc

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  • Fernández-Macho, Javier
  • Murillas, Arantza
  • Ansuategi, Alberto
  • Escapa, Marta
  • Gallastegui, Carmen
  • González, Pilar
  • Prellezo, Raul
  • Virto, Jorge

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Despite the importance of the socio-economic dimension of the use of marine waters, there has been little research in the field until recently, when interest has grown in the concept of ‘blue growth'. This paper aims to contribute to filling this gap with a socio-economic assessment of the main maritime sectors, focused on the Spanish part of the European Atlantic Arc. To this end, it first proposes a theoretical structure for the maritime economy and then collects and classifies comparable and reliable maritime socio-economic indicators. The data obtained allows us to assess the size of the Spanish maritime sector and the position of the Spanish Maritime Cluster in the wider context of the maritime economy of the European Atlantic, as well as discuss the appropriateness of a strategy of forming clusters at the national level vs. a transnational approach. The results indicate differences between regions in the European Atlantic Arc that complicate the development of integrated policies to stimulate blue growth. Extending our knowledge of the maritime economy of the European Atlantic Arc will make it possible to design strategies that address the real issues, increasing the likelihood of these being effective.

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  • Fernández-Macho, Javier & Murillas, Arantza & Ansuategi, Alberto & Escapa, Marta & Gallastegui, Carmen & González, Pilar & Prellezo, Raul & Virto, Jorge, 2015. "Measuring the maritime economy: Spain in the European Atlantic Arc," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 49-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:60:y:2015:i:c:p:49-61
    DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.05.010
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