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Europe's income convergence and the latest global financial crisis

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  • Cabral, René
  • Castellanos-Sosa, Francisco A.

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This paper examines the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on economic growth and convergence across European countries from 1973 to 2012. Employing cross-sectional and dynamic panel data techniques, the results show that the global financial crisis has brought a greater absolute convergence rate rather than divergence, affected richer members more heavily and, presumably, allowed less developed members to recover more quickly. We find evidence that creating the European Union has contributed toward economic growth and convergence; meanwhile, no similar evidence is found concerning the European Monetary Union. Moreover, we present evidence that both the average output per capita and the rate of convergence during the financial crisis fell around 7%.

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  • Cabral, René & Castellanos-Sosa, Francisco A., 2019. "Europe's income convergence and the latest global financial crisis," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 73(1), pages 23-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reecon:v:73:y:2019:i:1:p:23-34
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rie.2019.01.003
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    Keywords

    Economic growth; Convergence; Financial crisis; European Union; European Monetary Union;

    JEL classification:

    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • F45 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Macroeconomic Issues of Monetary Unions

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