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Productive Specialization And Regional Development In Portugal At The Nuts Iii Level

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  • Francisco Diniz

    (Centro de Estudos Transdisciplinares para o Desenvolvimento (CETRAD),Departamento de Economia, Sociologia e Gestao da Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Spain)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse how the specialization of Portuguese productive structures has evolved between 1995 and 2004, using specialization indicators, namely localization quotient estimation, to assess both the relative degree of concentration of a given activity in a certain area and the specialization coefficient, that helps characterize a region’s economy according to its degree of specialization. The Theil Index, together with the diversification/specialization degree of each region was also taken into consideration in this analysis. Reference variables for specialization analysis purposes were Gross Value Added and Employment in an attempt to compare differences observed with productivities, which, in turn, are related to purchasing power evolution within each territorial unit. The main aim of this study was, then, a thorough research into the time-spatial relationship between specialization, productivity and development.

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  • Francisco Diniz, 2009. "Productive Specialization And Regional Development In Portugal At The Nuts Iii Level," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 3(2), pages 90-111, DECEMBER.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:3:y:2009:i:2:p:90-111
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    1. Matveyeva Lyudmila Grigoryevna & Mikhalkina Yelena Vladimirovna & Chernova Olga Anatolyevna, 2015. "The possibilities of the Russian regions capacity increasing under the external threats," Экономика региона, CyberLeninka;Федеральное государственное бюджетное учреждение науки «Институт экономики Уральского отделения Российской академии наук», issue 1, pages 96-104.

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    Keywords

    Productive specialisation index and regional development; multiple regression; Theil Index;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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