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Technology adoption and club convergence

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  • Alexiadis, Stilianos
  • Tomkins, Judith

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A model of regional convergence is developed in which the pattern of convergence is attributed to the rate of technological adoption across regions. If absorptive abilities vary across regions, convergence is constrained within a certain group of regions that share common structural characteristics. Whether regions exhibit a pattern of convergence depends on the degree to which infrastructure conditions are appropriate for the adoption of technological improvements. The model is tested using data for the NUTS-2 regions of the EU-27 during the time period 1995-2006. The results suggest that adoption of technology has a significant effect on regional growth patterns in Europe, and hence the analysis has important implications for the direction of regional policy in Europe.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 21137.

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  1. Gianni Guastella & Francesco Timpano, 2012. "Increasing Returns, Decreasing Returns and Regional Economic Convergence in the EU," ERSA conference papers ersa12p344, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Ewa, Lechman, 2011. "Catching-up and club convergence from cross-national perspective. A statistical study for the period 1980-2010," MPRA Paper 37383, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Ewa Lechman, 2013. "Technology convergence and digital divides. A country-level evidence for the period 2000-2010," GUT FME Working Paper Series A 3, Faculty of Management and Economics, Gdansk University of Technology.

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