Spanish Economic Review

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 221–249

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

Regular Article


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.


Economics research Rankings US–Europe gap 

JEL Classification

A10 B49 


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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de EconomíaUniversidad Carlos IIIMadridSpain

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