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Convergence and divergence in living standards among regions of the enlarged European Union (1992-2006)

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  • Novotný, JOSEF

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This paper examines regional convergence in living standards among 264 EU27 regions during1992-2006. The main contribution is the exploratory analysis, which inspects various aspects of regional dynamics such as convergence and divergence, polarization, the role of inter-national component, polarization, switching, and mobility of regions. Both the development of absolute and relative differentials in regional living standards is considered by applying several different techniques including some magnitude-free statistics. The results indicate that regional convergence in relative differentials was concurrent to widening of absolute gaps. Beyond the aggregate trends a significant extent of switching and mobility of individual regions has been detected.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34145.

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Keywords: European Union; living standards; subjective judgements; real convergence; regional dynamics;

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