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The role of federal transfers in regional convergence in human development indicators in Argentina

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  • Capello, Marcelo

    (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

  • Figueras, Alberto

    (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

  • Freille, Sebastian

    (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

  • Moncarz, Pedro

    ()
    (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

Abstract

We analyse regional convergence between Argentine provinces in well-being indicators for the period 1970-2001. More specifically, we examine the role of regional public policy in reducing the development gap between the provinces. We find strong evidence of conditional convergence in well-being indicators. However, we find no evidence that redistributive transfers from the federal government to the provinces have had a positive effect on convergence in these indicators. In fact, we find that for some schooling, health and housing measures, the effect of federal transfers on improvement rates might have been contrary to what was expected.

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Article provided by Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional in its journal Investigaciones Regionales.

Volume (Year): (2013)
Issue (Month): 27 ()
Pages: 33-63

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Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0239

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Keywords: Regional convergence; Human development; Fiscal transfers; Argentina;

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  1. Brida, Juan Gabriel & London, Silvia & Rojas, Mara, 2012. "Convergencia interregional en dinámica de regimenes: el caso del Mercosur
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    ," MPRA Paper 36863, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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