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Application of convergence theories and new economic geography in Portugal. An alternative analysis

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  • Martinho, Vítor João Pereira Domingues

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The aim of this paper is to present a further contribution to the analysis of absolute convergence, associated with the neoclassical theory, of the sectoral productivity at regional level. Presenting some empirical evidence of absolute convergence of productivity for each of the economic sectors in each of the regions of mainland Portugal (NUTS II) in the period 1986 to 1994. This work aims, also, to study the Portuguese regional agglomeration process (NUTs II), using the linear form the New Economic Geography models that emphasize the importance of spatial factors (distance, costs of transport and communication) in explaining of the concentration of economic activity in certain locations.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 32986.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Keywords: convergence; agglomeration; Portuguese regions; linear models panel data;

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  1. Hanson, Gordon H., 1998. "Regional adjustment to trade liberalization," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 419-444, July.
  2. Martinho, Vítor João Pereira Domingues, 2011. "Sectoral convergence in output per worker between Portuguese regions," MPRA Paper 32269, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Islam, Nazrul, 1995. "Growth Empirics: A Panel Data Approach," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 110(4), pages 1127-70, November.
  4. Vitor Joao Pereira Domingues Martinho, 2011. "Regional Agglomeration in Portugal: A Linear Analysis," Papers 1110.5559, arXiv.org.
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