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Spatial Disparities in Productivity in Central and Eastern Europe

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  • Roberto Ezcurra
  • Pedro Pascual

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This paper examines the evolution of territorial imbalances in productivity in thirty-nine Central and East European regions between 1992 and 2001. The results obtained show an overall reduction in regional inequality over the study period, though they also indicate simultaneous between-country convergence and within-country divergence. The polarization of the distribution under consideration is seen to decrease, while the registered level of intradistribution mobility is relatively low. The analysis also indicates that regional disparities in output per worker in Central and Eastern Europe are closely linked to intrinsic differences among regions. Finally, we investigate the role played in explaining observed dispersion in sectoral productivity levels by the national-level factors, spatial location, agglomeration economies, and geographical distance from the economic core of the European Union.

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  • Roberto Ezcurra & Pedro Pascual, 2007. "Spatial Disparities in Productivity in Central and Eastern Europe," Eastern European Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 5-32, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:eaeuec:v:45:y:2007:i:3:p:5-32
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    1. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Roberto Ezcurra, 2010. "Does decentralization matter for regional disparities? A cross-country analysis," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 10(5), pages 619-644, September.
    2. Nicole Palan, 2010. "Measurement of Specialization – The Choice of Indices," FIW Working Paper series 062, FIW.
    3. Scott W. Hegerty, 2016. "Regional Convergence and Growth Clusters in Central and Eastern Europe: An Examination of Sectoral-Level Data," Eastern European Business and Economics Journal, Eastern European Business and Economics Studies Centre, vol. 2(2), pages 95-110.
    4. repec:oup:jecgeo:v:17:y:2017:i:6:p:1149-1178. is not listed on IDEAS

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