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Interregional Differences in Adoptive Abilities: An Alternative Framework

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  • Stilianos Alexiadis

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    (University of Piraeus)

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Although the importance of technology adoption has been acknowledged, nevertheless, at a more general level, a critical question arises: how do the overall infrastructure conditions affect the absorptive ability of a regional economy? This question can be stated alternatively as: what are the implications of a ‘poor’ or a ‘superior’ infrastructure for regional convergence? It is possible to provide some answers to these questions by constructing a model of regional convergence that encapsulates the impact of infrastructure in the absorptive ability of a regional economy. In this model the possibility that high technological gaps might act as obstacles to convergence is taken explicitly into consideration. The model developed in this paper indicates that convergence towards leading regions is feasible only for regions with sufficient absorptive capacity, which is assumed to be a function of infrastructure conditions in a regional economy.

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Article provided by Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists in its journal Regional Science Inquiry Journal.

Volume (Year): II (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 41-52

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Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:ii:y:2010:i:1:p:41-52

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Keywords: Convergence Clubs; Technological Gap; Technology Adoption;

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  1. Alexiadis Stilianos & Christos Ap. LADIAS & Polo Antoneta, 2010. "Converging And Diverging Regions In The Eu: Implications For Regional Policy," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(2), pages 55-70, December.
  2. Alexiadis Stilianos & Christos Ap. LADIAS, 2011. "Optimal Allocation Of Investment And Regional Disparities," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(2), pages 45-59, December.

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