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The winter forecasts of the European Commission verify that the great second of the Spanish economic system is essentially as a result of outcomes achieved by the international sector. Our productive material good points market share in international markets, in addition to towards imports, demonstrating its competitiveness. Production prices have developed favorably due to the supply of comparatively plentiful and low cost vitality in comparison with Central European economies.

The Brussels information additionally reveal the principle weak level of our mannequin: the restricted progress in productiveness, one thing that if not reversed condemns us to compete with stagnant salaries, whereas complicating the financing of the welfare state. In the final decade, our productiveness has elevated by simply 4.2%, in comparison with the 5.3% common for the eurozone (with information on GDP per hour labored). And the differential has not modified considerably because the pandemic, nor with the injection of European funds.

A sector breakdown helps to know the origin of the productiveness hole. Two sectors differ from the sluggishness recorded on the mixture stage. On the one hand, manufacturing, with a rise in worth added per employed particular person above 4%, a price larger than that noticed within the different giant European economies. Likewise, excessive value-added providers, grouped inside the branches of knowledge, communications {and professional}, scientific, technical and administrative actions, additionally expertise comparatively excessive productiveness development (netly larger than the common for Germany, France and Italy). . The remainder of the service actions and the first sector, thought-about as a complete, register a decline in productiveness, weighing down the general end result.

The thriving sectors are characterised by a marked export bias and a enterprise dimension above the nationwide common, stimulating enhancements in work group and the seek for productive effectivity. They have in widespread the lesser dependence on the interior market, and its fragmentation as a consequence of all sorts of territorial laws – one thing that harms enterprise dimension and effectivity in sectors as vital as building, for instance.

The sectoral disparity in productiveness additionally exhibits the relevance of a transversal technique, because the pull of essentially the most dynamic sectors doesn’t appear to be transferred to the remainder of the actions (proof of the absence of the impact trickle down).

At the second, the transversality that European funds promised has not been achieved, primarily based on the poor execution outcomes, notably within the subject of digitalization. The annual studies of the principle public businesses within the subject of know-how present inexplicably low execution percentages. And a program that has been executed, corresponding to package digital, doesn’t appear to have resulted in a rebound in funding or larger development within the dimension of SMEs. European funds are having a extra tangible impact in some sectors corresponding to electrical autos, however even on this case the affect doesn’t meet expectations as a result of sluggish deployment of the availability community and electrical stations, a consequence of assorted administrative bottlenecks.

The excellent news is that part of the productive material is making its manner by technological change, the vitality transition and the reconfiguration of globalization. However, this progress doesn’t filter all the way down to the remainder of the economic system, weighing down general outcomes and widening inequalities. All of this highlights the relevance of horizontal insurance policies, corresponding to inner market competitors, tax and financing reform to facilitate the emergence of extra productive medium-sized corporations with larger salaries, or the articulation of the coaching supply with the wants of the labor market. In phrases of productiveness, equal alternatives are key.


The productiveness of the manufacturing trade has elevated by 4.4% because the pandemic (by way of added worth per employed particular person, evaluating the primary three quarters of 2023 with the identical interval in 2019). The end result exceeds the three.6% registered in Germany. For their half, France and Italy recorded drops of seven.8% and a couple of.6%, respectively. Given the dearth of knowledge, it isn’t attainable to find out to what extent these variations come from structural adjustments, or from momentary employees retention phenomena within the nations most affected by the vitality disaster.

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