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Productivity, Public Capital and Convergence: A Study of the Spanish Regions

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  • Carlos Gil Canaleta
  • Pedro Pascual Arzoz
  • Manuel Rapun Gárate

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This paper examines the relationship between convergence in GDP per worker and the evolution of total factor productivity (TFP). Specifically, data envelopment analysis (DEA) is used to estimate TFP in the Spanish regions between 1964-91. As original contributions, public capital is included as a productive input, and different price indices are applied for each region, thus isolating any possible effect of price evolution on regional efficiency and convergence. Finally, the TFP indices are introduced into a neoclassical convergence equation. Copyright (c) 2003 by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG.

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  • Carlos Gil Canaleta & Pedro Pascual Arzoz & Manuel Rapun Gárate, 2003. "Productivity, Public Capital and Convergence: A Study of the Spanish Regions," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 94(5), pages 537-553, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:tvecsg:v:94:y:2003:i:5:p:537-553
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    1. Kerstin Enflo & Per Hjertstrand, 2009. "Relative Sources of European Regional Productivity Convergence: A Bootstrap Frontier Approach," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(5), pages 643-659.
    2. Silvia Bertarelli, 2006. "Public capital and growth," Politica economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 361-398.

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