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Economic centrality, per capita income and human capital. Some results at regional and local level in 275 counties Portugal

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  • Crespo, N.
  • Fontoura, M.P.

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It has been shown that countries located further from global economic activity will have lower levels of per capita income and human capital. We evaluate, for the Portuguese case, the validity of the positive relationship of economic centrality with per capita income and with human capital at the regional level (275 regions). Results show that more central regions - in terms of proximity to the location of the economic activity - appear to have higher levels of per capita income and human capital. Some regions suffer a permanent penalty resulting from their disadvantage as regards the relative geographical position.

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  • Crespo, N. & Fontoura, M.P., 2006. "Economic centrality, per capita income and human capital. Some results at regional and local level in 275 counties Portugal," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 6(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:6:y2006:i:6_5
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    1. Nuno Crespo & M. Paula Fontoura & Nadia Simoes, 2014. "Economic Centrality: How Much is Economics and How Much is Geography?," Working Papers Department of Economics 2014/09, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.
    2. CRESPO, Nuno & FONTOURA, MarĂ­a Paula, 2010. "Determinant Factors Of Structural Similarity At The Regional Level: Evidence From Portugal," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 10(1).
    3. Soukiazis, Elias & Antunes, Micaela, 2011. "Is foreign trade important for regional growth? Empirical evidence from Portugal," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 1363-1373, May.

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    Keywords

    economic centrality; economic geography; income per capita; human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

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