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Evaluating the Temporal and Spatial Heterogeneity of the European Convergence Process, 1980-1999

  • Julie Le Gallo
  • Sandy Dall'erba

In this paper, we suggest a framework that allows testing simultaneously for temporal heterogeneity, spatial heterogeneity, and spatial autocorrelation in &bgr;-convergence models. Based on a sample of 145 European regions over the 1980-1999 period, we estimate a Seemingly Unrelated Regression Model with spatial regimes and spatial autocorrelation for two sub-periods: 1980-1989 and 1989-1999. The assumption of temporal independence between the two periods is rejected, and the estimation results point to the presence of spatial error autocorrelation in both sub-periods and spatial instability in the second sub-period, indicating the formation of a convergence club between the peripheral regions of the European Union. Copyright Blackwell Publishers, 2006

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Volume (Year): 46 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 269-288

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