Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Spanish Economy

Spanish Economy
Second semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish

If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language and also in Spanish.

Teaching staff

By appointment. In order to make an appointment, please request one by writing to: mmartinr@uic.es


The knowledge covered in this course is of great relevance for professionals working or aspiring to work in the Spanish business environment. It equips them with the ability to make informed decisions, assess market opportunities, and understand the challenges and risks faced by companies operating in Spain. This understanding can be used to navigate the complexities of the Spanish business landscape, whether from a Spanish company or from a non-Spanish company that has a close relationship with the Spanish market.

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites.


The objective is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the economic principles, trends, and challenges that shape the Spanish economy. This includes an examination of the historical development of the Spanish economy, as well as an analysis of the current economic situation in Spain. Through the analysis of economic data and trends, students will develop the ability to critically evaluate the performance of the Spanish economy and its prospects for the future.

Competences/Learning outcomes of the degree programme

  • 07 - To be familiar with the basic features of the Spanish economy, both in terms of structure and economic policies.
  • 27 - To be able to read and understand literature on economic and business issues.
  • 31 - To develop the ability to identify and interpret numerical data.
  • 33 - To be able to search for, interpret and convey information.
  • 35 - To analyse time series.
  • 56 - To be able to create arguments which are conducive to critical and self-critical thinking.

Learning outcomes of the subject

Understanding of the key economic indicators and data used to measure the performance of the Spanish economy.

Ability to analyze and interpret economic data and trends in the Spanish economy.

Knowledge of the historical development of the Spanish economy, including key economic milestones and events.

Familiarity with some of the economic challenges that Spain faces.


Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: National Accounts I

Session 3: National Acoounts II

Session 4: National Accounts III

Session 5: Midterm exam

Session 6: Income Distribution I

Session 7: Income Distribution II

Session 8: Foreign Sector and Competitiveness

Session 9: Labor market I

Session 10: Labor market II

Session 11: Pensions I

Session 12: Pensions II

Session 13: Presentations I

Session 14: Presentations II

Session 15: Q&A


Teaching and learning activities

In person

The course exhibits a wide range of teaching and learning activities:

  • Master classes
  • Practice sessions
  • Computer sessions
  • Presentations

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Your final grade will be the weighted average of the elements below:

1) Midterm exam: 20%

2) Report and presentation: 20%

3) Final exam: 60%

Additionally, those of you who participate in the E-Day, will get +0.5 in your final score.

Bibliography and resources

  • Lecciones de Economía Española (16th Edition), José Luis García Delgado y Rafael Myro (Directores), Civitas, 2021
  • Documents uploaded to the website of the course.


  • Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE)
  • Bank of Spain
  • Eurostat