The Spanish building crisis and its effect in the gypsum quarry production (1998–2012)



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Herrero Fernández, M.J. and Escavy Fernández, José Ignacio and Bustillo Revuelta, Manuel (2013) The Spanish building crisis and its effect in the gypsum quarry production (1998–2012). Resources Policy, 38 . pp. 123-129. ISSN 0301-4207

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Gypsum is one of the most important mined mineral commodities of the world. As an industrial rock, it is primarily used by the construction industry. Therefore, the economics of the gypsum market can be correlated with parameters that have controlled the origin and development of the Spanish building bubble between years 1998 and 2006. The burst of this building bubble has been interpreted as the main triggering factor for Spain's current crisis.
Gypsum quarry production during the golden period of Spain's building industry, reached 15.3 Mt, with domestic apparent demand as high as 11.8 Mt. After this period, domestic demand decreased to 4.3 Mt in year 2010, and quarry production fell to 7.0 Mt. These decreases were caused not only by the burst of the building bubble, but also from the global financial crisis and the public works investment cuts. This analysis predicts a continuation of decreasing domestic demand in year 2013, of at least 270,000 t.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gypsum, Industrial mineral, Building bubble, Mineral trade, Regressionanalysis, Spain
Subjects:Sciences > Geology
Sciences > Geology > Mineralogy
Social sciences > Economics > Depressions
ID Code:43466
Deposited On:05 Jul 2017 09:23
Last Modified:07 Jul 2017 09:53

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