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Economic disparities on smaller territorial units: convergence analysis


  • Herrero Prieto , Luis César

    () (Universidad de Valladolid)

  • Figueroa Arcila , Víctor Fernando

    (Instituto de Estadística. Universidad Austral de Chile)

  • Sanz Lara , José Ángel

    (Universidad de Valladolid)


The principal aim of this work is to analyse the applicability of economic convergence models to small territorial units, based on synthetic development indicator estimates. For this, we apply spatial regression models based on a composite development indicator with municipal disintegration, built using multivariate analysis methods. The methodological application is carried out on a prototype region, the system of municipal economies within the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León in Spain, during the period 1981-2001.

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  • Herrero Prieto , Luis César & Figueroa Arcila , Víctor Fernando & Sanz Lara , José Ángel, 2010. "Economic disparities on smaller territorial units: convergence analysis," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 17, pages 93-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0072

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    Economic convergence; territorial disparities; compound indicator of development; smaller territorial units;

    JEL classification:

    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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