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The Determinants of Productivity Distribution across European Regions

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  • Davide Fiaschi
  • Andrea Mario Lavezzi
  • Angela Parenti

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This paper proposes a methodology which combines elements of parametric regression analysis with the nonparametric distribution dynamics approach in order to analyse the role of some variables in the convergence of productivity across European regions over the period 1980-2002. We find that the initial productivity crucially accounts in the convergence process across European regions. Differently, employment growth seems not to play a role, while the Structural and Cohesion Funds seem to play a positive role, even though such effect seems to be very low and statistically significant only at the low bound of the range of initial productivity. The structural change of regional economies plays a positive role, but such effect is statistically significant only for the least productive regions. The output composition of a region in 1980 affects the convergence process of productivity growth in several ways. In particular, the share of non market services on output acts like a source of convergence from 1980 to 2002 but in the long-run it plays a negligible role. Finally, the share of finance acts like a force of divergence across European regions, especially for the least productive regions.

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Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa10p320.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa10p320

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  1. Quah, Danny T, 1996. " Convergence Empirics across Economies with (Some) Capital Mobility," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 95-124, March.
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  1. GUISAN, MarĂ­a-Carmen & Aguayo, Eva, 2013. "Employment by Sector and Gender in European and Spanish Regions, 1995-2012," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(2), pages 31-42.

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