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La productividad de las regiones europeas: un análisis agregado y por sectores


  • José Villaverde

    (Universidad de Cantabria. University of Limerick)

  • Adolfo Maza

    (Universidad de Cantabria)

  • María Hierro

    (Universidad de Cantabria)


The aim of this paper is to analyse productivity at regional level in the EU between 1990 and 2011. By making use of various techniques it concludes that: a) the regional and sectoral dispersion of productivity is rather high; b) the gains experienced in aggregate productivity are due, almost entirely, to the sectors productivity growth effect; c) there is a beta-convergence process at the aggregate and sectoral levels; d) the same occurs for sigma-convergence, apart from the industrial sector; e) the accounting decomposition of the aggregate productivity convergence process reveals the sectoral productivity growth effect to be almost the only responsible for regional catching-up; and f) there exists an evident bipolarisation in the productivity distribution, although it has decreased over the sample period.

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  • José Villaverde & Adolfo Maza & María Hierro, 2014. "La productividad de las regiones europeas: un análisis agregado y por sectores," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 86(02), pages 32-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:ekz:ekonoz:2014202

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    productivity; convergence; sectors; European regions;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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