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A Divided Europe? Regional Convergence and Neighbourhood Spillover Effects

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  • Anca Carrington
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    While the stylised fact that, around the world, areas of rapid growth are geographically distinct from those with a poor growth performance, is easily accepted, little effort has been made in the empirical literature to incorporate location into the analysis of regional convergence in terms of economic growth. This paper provides a quantitative evaluation of the role of location in regional convergence, using the argument that growth in each region depends not only on its own characteristics but also on those of the regions that form the neighbourhood to which it belongs. Applying spatial econometrics it is found that, during the 1990s, opposing forces were exerting their influence across the EU: while regions did converge at a rate close to the 2 percent mark, neighbourhoods of regions diverged at an almost equal rate, leaving a net effect of convergence considerably smaller than the one previously reported in the literature. Copyright WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG 2003.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Kyklos.

    Volume (Year): 56 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 3 (08)
    Pages: 381-393

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    1. Michael Pfaffermayr, 2007. "Conditional Beta- and Sigma-Convergence in Space: A Maximum Likelihood Approach," Working Papers 2007-17, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.
    2. Ari Kokko & Victoria Kravtsova, 2012. "Regional Characteristics And Effects Of Inward Fdi: The Case Of Ukraine," Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius University, vol. 3(2).
    3. Eckey, Hans-Friedrich & Türck, Matthias, 2007. "Convergence of EU-Regions. A Literature Report," Investigaciones Regionales, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 10, pages 5-32.
    4. Maria ABREU & Henri L.F. DE GROOT & Raymond J.G.M. FLORAX, 2005. "Space And Growth: A Survey Of Empirical Evidence And Methods," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 21, pages 13-44.
    5. Fredrik Wilhelmsson, 2009. "Effects of the EU-Enlargement on Income Convergence in the Eastern Border Regions," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0383, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
    6. Martin-Barroso, David & Nuñez Serrano, Juan Andres & Velazquez, Francisco J., 2010. "Spatial productivity spillovers across Spanish municipalities," MPRA Paper 33603, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2010.

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