Labour power, dependent factors, intangibles and markets. The leverages of economic growth in the Balearic Island, 1800-2000


  • Carles Manera Universitat de les Illes Balears



Islas Baleares, Crecimiento regional, Intangibles económicos, Desarrollo comercial


This article emphasises the importance in a regional economy such as the Balearic Islands of growth factors that are different from those conventionally considered in a large part of the literature on economics (existence of prime materials, location of energy sources, training of human capital, development of public capital). It asserts the idea that economic experience and informal learning processes, combined with social and economic agents’ capacity to adapt –which determines the plury-activity of the workforce–, led to Balearic leadership prior to the appearance of mass tourism. According to the author, this cannot be explained convincingly without the help of the dependent factors that created a solid basis in which connections with markets were crucial. Evolution in Balearic income is the common theme under study, on the basis of data available from the early nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century. This is therefore a recurrent, unimprovissed growth that should be taken into account, along with the models that are supported by the strength of investment and progress in cutting-edge innovation and technology.