The transport and storage sector, like other sectors of the Spanish
economy, is experiencing the effects of the current economic crisis.
The Annual Services Survey prepared by the Spanish National Institute
of Statistics (INE) shows that between 2008 and 2013 there was an
11.9% reduction in turnover and an 18.3% reduction in paid workers
in companies in sector. However, in the same period, there was a 7.8%
increase in labour productivity.
The main aim of this study was to determine the impact of factors
related to innovation and the environment, among others, on labour
productivity in the Spanish transport and storage sector. Few studies
are available on this topic, which is most likely due to the scant
statistical information available for the sector analysed. The structural
analysis model used in this study was an extended version of the wellknown
Cobb‐Douglas production function applied to data obtained
from the Technological Innovation Panel (PITEC). PITEC is a panel type
database (for 2003‐2013), which was developed jointly by the Spanish
National Institute of Statistics (INE) and the Spanish Foundation for
Science and Technology.