Wealth in Spain, 1900-2017: A Country of Two Lands Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2021

start page

  • 129

end page

  • 155

issue

  • 633

volume

  • 131

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-0133

abstract

  • This study reconstructs Spain's national wealth from 1900 to 2017. By combining new sources with existing accounts, we estimate the wealth of both private and government sectors and use a new asset-specific decomposition of the long-run accumulation of wealth. We find that, during the twentieth century, the national wealth-to-income ratio remained within a relatively narrow range—between 400% and 600%—until the housing boom of the early 2000s led to an unprecedented rise to 800% in 2007. Our results highlight the importance of land, housing capital gains and international capital flows as key elements of wealth accumulation.