Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Lloança a Joan Sardà i Dexeus: L'origen del miracle econòmic espanyol

Fabià Estapé i Rodríguez


Joan Sardà was the author of the Spanish liberalisation of 1959 which set the basis for
rapid economic growth and today's democracy. His experience in the Central Bank of Venezuela
dealing constantly with IMF officials served him well to obtain an agreement once back in
Spain to devalue the peseta and stabilise the economy, which even dictator Franco had to
accept. Joan Sardà was a giant intellectual figure and as professor Estapé says in his homage:
"Our debt to him we can never repay".

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