Spanish shoe industry during the post-war period: Effects of intervention on a consumer goods industry
José Antonio Miranda Encarnación
Revista de Historia Económica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, Año 12, 2, 1994, pp. 317-339
After the civil war (1936-39), the Spanish economy went through a lengthy period of stagnation. Among its priority causes, especially unfortunate interventionist economic policy should be highlighted. Although leaders of the new regime gave priority to the industrialization of the country, few were able to develop industries. This article shows the effects of autarkic policies on the shoe industry, an industry representative of all the industries producing consumer goods. The situation of the demand, how production evolved, and also technological endowment and productivity performance have been analyzed. Finally, the entrepreneurial attitude to state intervention is studied too.