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The Economy
of Catalonia

Questions and answers on
the economic impact of independence

Comissió d’Economia Catalana
O. Amat, N. Bosch, A. Castells, X. Cuadras, M. Espasa, R. Fatjó,
J. Galí, A. Gasol, F. Granell, M. Guinjoan, À. Hermosilla, O. Martinez,
V. Pastor, J. Pedrol, M. Puig, F. Raventós, D. Ros i X. Segura

PROFIT
editorial

The Economy of Catalonia
Questions and answers on the economic impact
of independence

Oriol Amat, Núria Bosch, Antoni Castells,
Xavier Cuadras, Marta Espasa, Roger Fatjó, Jordi Galí,
Anton Gasol, Francesc Granell, Modest Guinjoan,
Àngel Hermosilla, Oriol Martinez, Vicent Pastor,
Josep Pedrol, Miquel Puig, Francesc Raventós,
David Ros and Xavier Segura
Comissió d’Economia Catalana

The Economy
of Catalonia
Questions and answers
on the economic impact
of independence

This is a free copy and may be distributed without restriction.
It may also be reproduced provided the source is quoted.

© Comissió d’Economia Catalana, Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya
www.profiteditorial.com

Cover Design: XicArt
Print Design: eximpre sl

Contents

Preface to the English Edition. David Ros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Preface. Joan B. Casas. (Translated by Jordi Vilanova) . . . . . . . . . 9
Introduction. Oriol Amat and Modest Guinjoan
(Translated by Jordi Vilanova) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
  1. The position of an independent Catalonia in the international
context. Oriol Martinez Alòs-Moner and Vicent Pastor
(Translated by Mike Holt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
  2. Six comments on the economic viability of independence and two
preliminary remarks. Antoni Castells
(Translated by Miquel Strubell) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
  3. In or out of the European Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
3.1. Catalonia and the European Union. Francesc Granell
(Translated by Àngela Pous) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
3.2. In or out of the European Union. What we have said about
this. Miquel Puig
(Translated by Àngela Pous) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
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  4. In or out of the euro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
4.1. An independent State and the euro. Jordi Galí
(Translated by Miquel Strubell) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
4.2. In or out of the euro: certainties and uncertainties.
Miquel Puig (Translated by Miquel Strubell) . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
  5. The financial system of an independent Catalonia. Anton Gasol
and Xavier Segura
(Translated by Jana Graham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
  6. Structures of state and their impact on labour. Josep Pedrol
(Translated by Josep Pedrol and M. Eugènia Bentanachs) . . . . . . . 117
  7. Tax revenue and public spending. Núria Bosch and Marta Espasa
(Translated by M. Eugènia Bentanachs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
  8. Debt and the distribution of assets. Does freedom have a price?
David Ros and Roger Fatjó
(Translated by Phillip Ortega) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
  9. Pensions in an independent Catalonia. Núria Bosch
and Marta Espasa
(Translated by Miquel Strubell) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
10. Independence and boycott. Xavier Cuadras Morató
and Modest Guinjoan
(Translated by Jana Graham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
11. Impact on the number of companies and multinationals.
Francesc Raventós
(Translated by Jacqueline Hall) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
12. Impact of an independent Catalonia: the economists’ view.
Àngel Hermosilla
(Translated by Monika Ferré) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
13. Conclusions: economic certainties and political question marks.
Oriol Amat and Modest Guinjoan
(Translated by Mike Holt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Information about the authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231

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The Economy of Catalonia

Preface to the English edition

This English translation of the original Catalan book * went to the
publishers days after the mass celebration of Catalonia’s national day on
11 September, when hundreds of thousands of men, women and children
of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs, and from all economic sectors – workers,
business people, pensioners, self-employed, unemployed - took to the
streets, joyfully, enthusiastically and full of hope, creating a human
mosaic of the Catalan flag in the form of a “v” to demonstrate their wish
for Catalans to be able to vote to become a new State within Europe.
The emotive images were seen worldwide. But what is the viability of an
independent Catalonia?
The wish of the people can only be realised within a framework which is
both juridically and economically viable. Alongside the mobilisation of
the Catalan people many professionals are rigorously analysing this
viability. This book forms part of that process, addressing some key
economic issues. Juridically too, an independent Catalonia would fit into
EU legislation and International law, but addressing this goes beyond the
scope of the book.
*  Original Catalan version “Economia de Catalunya. Preguntes i respostes sobre l’impacte
econòmic de la independència.” Comissió d’Economia Catalana. Profit Editorial. 2014.

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