Portugal versus Spain: an Iberian economic saga

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Authors: Sebastián Puig & Ángel Sánchez. ARI 96/2918 - 6/8/2018

Spain and Portugal have been the focus of international attention due to their respective economic recoveries in recent years, coming from very difficult economic times. Both were, along with Greece and Italy, among the EU nations most affected by the 2008 crisis, suffering from economic contraction, high levels of unemployment, internal and external indebtedness, wide public deficits and, in the case of Spain, a gigantic real-estate bubble. Nevertheless, and despite the countries’ achievements in sorting out their economic woes, Portugal’s improvement is seen as miraculous, while Spanish achievements are somewhat undervalued. The question now is to elucidate if these arguments are well substantiated and analyse the demographic and economic foundations of both countries. As John Adams wrote in 1770, ‘facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence’. So let us find out.

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Italy and Spain: a tale of two countries

I've just published a new article in the Elcano Royal Institute, together with my dear colleague @_combarro_. We thought that it is worth analysing the socio-economic trends in Italy and Spain, that appears to be divergent. Ultimately the aim is to find out whether Spain’s better performance is structural or merely temporary. A closer look at the evolution of key indicators in both countries may help better understand transalpine realities.

Read the full article here.