, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 221-249
Date: 07 Nov 2007

Economics research in Spain during the 1990s: a literature review

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This paper reviews the results of the literature on the ranking of centers of excellence in economics. There are two objectives: (1) to examine the evolution during the 1990s of certain features of economics research—such as the gap that exists between the US and the rest of the world, the dominant position of the UK within Europe, and the low productivity of economic scholars everywhere—and (2) to document the significant progress that Spanish research institutions have experienced during this period. Results by several broad fields of specialization are summarized here for the first time.

This work was carried out under project SEJ2004-01959 financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. I would like to thank Eduardo Ley, José Luis Ferreira, and Diego Moreno for their comments, as well as Bruno Cassiman for his editorial work.